Indonesia voices the concept of the One Pacific Destination as an effort to realize sustainable tourism in the Pacific region, in the 2019 Pacific Exposition forum held in New Zealand.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in a press release received in Jakarta on Saturday morning explained that the tourism sector could create new opportunities that could be worked together.
Arief said this before the Pacific countries delegation at the Pacific Exposition 2019 forum, in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday (7/13).
The Pacific Exposition is a trade, investment and tourism exhibition for countries in the Pacific initiated by Indonesia and fully supported by New Zealand and Australia.
Arief Yahya stated that the concept had been carried out by countries in other regions, where they united, collaborated and made joint tour packages.
He gave an example of the European Union offering a single visa, then countries in Latin America, or Scandinavian countries.
“So ASEAN also needs to do it, develop joint destination product packages, joint promotions, both B to B, and G to G, between Southeast Asian countries, including to develop ASEAN standards human resources,” Arief Yahya said.
He stated that the One Pacific Destination is very important as a holistic brand that reflects the essence of regional authenticity, representing the general values that can be felt by travelers visiting the Pacific region.
“Promoting the One Pacific Destination brand can be a solution in shaping the future of sustainable tourism in the Pacific region,” Arief Yahya said.
He expressed his hope that the immediate follow-up of this forum, including building a strategy as a breakthrough, would realize common goals in the tourism sector.
The cooperation between the Pacific countries, he continued, would reflect constructive international cooperation in the region that would help achieve the goal of promoting the tourism industry
Arief Yahya explained tourism knew no boundaries, so that later it could also form new opportunities that he called TTI (Tourism , Trade and Investment).
“Tourism is the entrance to attract trade and investment,” he said.