Monday, February 25, 2013

Bali prepares for APEC 2013

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2013 event in Bali aims to increase foreign tourists’ arrival in the Island of Gods, while also promoting the country’s creative economy sector.


Nia Niscaya, director of overseas tourism promotion for the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, said that the ministry hopes to see an increase in visitor’s arrival to Indonesia’s holiday destinations, which will support the country’s creative economy.

“We have faith in our potential, Indonesia has lots of creativity to offer, from music, art & craft, culinary, and of course, fashion which is already well-known and inspire global trends,” she said during ATF Travex 2013 event.

Tourism and creative economy, she further added, becomes an important base for national economic growth. The potential toward this growth is now being prepared through synergy. 

According to the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s data, tourism sector today employs more than 9.28 million people, or 8.37 percent from total workforce in Indonesia, while creative economy absorbs 11.57 million workforces in 2012.

Nia also said that Bali as the host for APEC 2013, themed 'Resilient Asia Pacific, Engine of Global Growth', has prepared public facilities to support the global affair, one of them is the renovation of I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport and Simpang Siur underpass area, both are planned to be finished this September. (APEC2013.or.id)

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