Press Conference to Publicize the MoU on Tourism Cooperation and to Launch Indonesian Tourism Website in Mandarin Version




Speech by
H.E. Mr. Imron Cotan
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia
Press Conference to Publicize the MoU on Tourism Cooperation and
to Launch Indonesian Tourism Website in Mandarin Version
Beijing, 11 November 2013


H.E. Mme. Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia

Mme. Zhang Xing Hong, Deputy Director General of International Department of China National Tourism Administration

Dear journalists, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good afternoon.

On behalf of Ambassador Cotan, I wish to warmly welcome you to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, and thank you for attending the press conference to publicize the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia and the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China on Tourism Cooperation, and at the same time to launch the new Indonesian tourism website in Mandarin version, by H.E. Mme. Mari Elka Pangestu.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Over the last decade, relationship between Indonesia and China has been progressing well beyond our expectation. The China connection grows to be one of the closest and most important ones for Indonesia.

During the state visit by President Xi Jinping to Indonesia last October, Indonesia and China have agreed to upgrade their bilateral cooperation to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership covering various fields, including tourism and creative economy.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In the last three years, Indonesia – China two-way-trade volume has tripled in numbers, from US$ 26.6 billion in 2009 to US$ 66.6 billion in 2012. China is now, arguably, the biggest trading partner of Indonesia, slightly above Japan. The trade volume has also exceeded our target of US$ 50 billion by 2015. It is therefore no coincidence that in early 2012, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Premier Wen Jiabao set a new target of US$ 80 billion by 2015.

Investment sectors have also enjoyed similar boost. Indonesia has received US$ 2.2 billion in investment from 2009 – 2012. Indonesia expects that China’s investment will significantly increase in the years to come, taking into account the involvement of Chinese businessmen in the Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economy (MP3EI) projects.

Tourism sector is also mushrooming.

China’s travelers visiting Indonesia grow at around 14 percent per year. While in 2009, there were only 246,000 Chinese travelers, this year we expect there will be one million tourists from China visiting Indonesia.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

During 2012, Chinese outbound tourists reached 83.2 million. It is expected to reach 100 million in 2015. The data showed the dynamics of Chinese outbound tourism market growth, thus opening great opportunities for Indonesia to attract more Chinese tourists to visit many destinations in Indoneia, beyond Bali.

Based on the data from the United Nations, Chinese tourists currently listed as the most spending tourists. At least 80 million Chinese people travel overseas with total spending reaching US$ 102 billion. In 2020, China will be the biggest sending country, dispatching its outbound tourists across the globe.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Indonesia is promoting sustainable tourism that is geared toward achieving the main objectives of increasing visitor arrivals, empowering local community, preserving the natural and cultural heritages. Indonesia has consciously opened its doors to host different opportunities and cater a broad range of needs and tastes, while hundreds of different ethnic groups with their warmest hospitality welcoming all tourists from around the world to any destinations in Indonesia.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Come to Indonesia to sample not only our unparalleled natural wonders, but also our hospitality and culinary, distinctively Indonesia.

I thank you very much for your kind attention.

Beijing, 11 November 2013