Although he left as an little boy, Barack Obama’s much-heralded return to Indonesia as US president in March will be a boon for the country’s tourism industry, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik.
“If he comes to Indonesia, people will think that the country is safe and they will come here,” he was quoted as saying late on Tuesday by tempointeraktif.com.
Sapta Nirwandar, head of marketing at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said Obama’s visit would generate positive media coverage given that he is the world’s most-recognized leader.
“He has an historical background with Indonesia and his visit will bring positive impacts to businesses and tourism,” he said. “Media from all over the world will be focusing on our country and we should take this chance to improve our image. We should show them that Indonesia is and safe.”
During his state visit, Obama and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will formally launch the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, an initiative by which the nations will broaden and strengthen relations to tackle regional and global issues.