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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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