Deregulation has significantly increased Indonesia’s global Tourism Competitiveness, stated Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya at a press conference for the Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award (ISTA) 2018 held at the Soesilo Soedarman Hall of the Ministry of Tourism Office’s Sapta Pesona Building in Jakarta on Thursday (07/19//2018).
“Indonesia’s global tourism competitiveness has increased because we applied the visa-free deregulation that affected our global competitiveness index rank which jumped from number 70 to 50 in 2015 and then increased again to number 42 in 2017,” said Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya.
This visa-free deregulation directly improved the pillars that were used to evaluate the performance of countries for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) on “international openness”, where Indonesia jumped from being ranked in 55th place to 17th place, the minister said. This had a huge impact on the nation’s overall TTCI ranking.
“In order to achieve the target of being ranked in the 30s next year, we must improve our pillars on environmental sustainability, which is currently ranked low at 131st place out of 134 countries. The most appropriate way to do so is to deregulate the fields related to environmental sustainability itself,” said Minister Arief, who was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Tourism Destination and Industry Development Indonesia, Dadang Rizki Ratman, ISTA 2018 Honorary Judge, Mari Elka Pangestu, and two other judges, Jatna Supriatna and David Makes.
Minister Arief continued to say that ISTA 2018 is an annual event held to award and measure the implementation of sustainable tourism management in tourism destinations across Indonesia, as regulated under Minister of Tourism Regulation (Permen) No. 14 year 2016 on the Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism Destinations. “This ministerial regulation adopts the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), which is an international standard that takes into consideration three main aspects, namely environment (planet), social (people) and economy (prosperity) or 3P for now and the future,” he said.
Mari Elka Pangestu added the principles of environmental sustainability do not only cover the 3P principles (People, Planet, Prosperity), but also grows along with the 2P principles (Partnership and Peace). “In the end, the goal of the implementation of the 5P principles is peace that is established through tourism activities,” Mari Elka Pangestu said.
Mari Elka said that tourists should not merely visit a destination, but should also be involved in maintaining the environment and culture of a destination, as the nation’s sustainable tourism tagline says: “to sustain is to preserve”.
Deputy Minister of Tourism Destination and Industry Development Indonesia, Dadang Rizki Ratman said, the ISTA 2018 event is the second time this event is taking place. He hopes more regions will implement the principles of sustainable tourism destination (STD), sustainable tourism observation (STO) and sustainable tourism certification (STC). “In 2015, there were 20 regencies/ cities that were categorized as sustainable tourism destinations. We expect the ISTA 2018 to significantly increase the number of STDs,” he said.
As previously reported, registration for ISTA 2018 opened on May 1st and will close on July 31st 2018. . (Participation forms and requirements for ISTA 2018 can be downloaded at www.kemenpar.go.id > News > ISTA). After the registration period is closed, the jury will check the administrative requirements of the participants from August 1st – 24th, 2018. This stage will then be followed by desk evaluation from August 24th – 31st, 2018. The next stage is the announcement of nominees from September 5th – 6th, 2018 followed by field visits or observations that include question and answer sessions from September 10th September to October 14th, 2018. The final stage of the ISTA 2018 event is the awarding ceremony that will be held in Bali on November 8th, 2018.
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