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Sunday, February 12, 2023

Collaboration to revive Indonesia's tourism after pandemic

Collaboration to revive Indonesia's tourism after pandemic
Collaboration to revive Indonesia's tourism after pandemic
JAKARTA - Indonesia has an abundant natural beauty that stretches from Sabang to Merauke. The uniqueness and characteristic in every corner of the country offer their own charm for travelers from around the world. In short, Indonesia is rich in tourism destinations.

From the west end, Aceh offers the Bukit Cinta or Love Hill tourist attraction with a distinctive culture. For those who want to experience a religious trip, the grandeur of the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is certainly the right destination.

Moving on to the North Sumatra region, tourists can enjoy various water-based natural tourist destinations such as Lake Toba, Lake Siombak, and Dwi Warna Sibolangit Waterfall.

Meanwhile, the eastern region of Indonesia also offers interesting tourist destinations. The famous Raja Ampat archipelago, for instance, presents breathtaking views for tourists who set foot in Papua.

The variety of Indonesian tourism does not only stop in its nature. The country is also rich in cultural customs. Many heritage traditions, arts, and culture also attract tourist visits. In addition, various culinary choices with unique and interesting experiences from each tourist destination in Indonesia complement the country’s tourism industry.

With so many potential tourist destinations, the government has mapped out and focused on developing potential tourist destinations to become super-priority tourist destinations.

The five super-priority destinations are Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Likupang in North Sulawesi, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Lake Toba in North Sumatra, and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

These destinations, according to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, become one of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)'s direct instructions as an effort to increase Indonesian tourism.

“President Jokowi instructed us to focus on developing five super-priority destinations first. We must make sure that in the midst of a pandemic, we can still improve, not only in terms of infrastructure but also in terms of the creative economy,” Uno conveyed.

President Jokowi hopes that the five super-priority destinations will grow and develop first before a similar thing is done in other tourist areas.

After the development of five super-priority destinations in finished, in the coming years they will be expanded and developed into world-class tourist destinations.

The minister is optimistic that the target for developing these super-priority tourist destinations will be completed by the end of 2023 or mid-2024 by the latest.

Encouraging domestic tourists

Indonesia, which consists of a group of islands, is united by the ocean. This condition is one of the challenges for the government to provide adequate tourism infrastructure, facilities, and infrastructure in general.

Airplanes are one of the choices for travelers to enjoy the beauty of Indonesia from one island to another. This flying vehicle cuts travel time shorter than other modes of transportation. However, airplanes are not always the first choice because they depend on airport availability and capacity as well as fluctuating ticket prices.

Especially during certain seasons such as school holidays, Eid al-Fitr, Christmas, and New Year, flight ticket prices can increase by up to 100 percent of normal prices.

Looking at the end of 2022 when the community activity restriction (PPKM) was revoked, the Jakarta-Bali ticket was observed to be around Rp1,6 million for economy class. Even though during normal times, ticket prices were in the range of Rp700,000 to Rp900,000 per passenger in the same class.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, which oversees the tourism sector, is striving to help stabilize the commercial flight ticket prices by coordinating with the Ministry of Transportation to increase the number of flights and ensure the availability of seats with several airlines.

This year, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is targeting the movement of domestic tourists to reach 1.4 billion.

To achieve this target, the ministry and related staff will carry out movement called fast movement (gercep), joint movement (geber), and gaspol (working on all potential employment) or called 3G to revive domestic tourism, including with the ranks of the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry for the procurement of aviation fuel.

With these various efforts,the ministry hoped it would be able to reduce the price of avtur for domestic routes. At Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, the price of avtur, based on the First One Solution data, was reported to have decreased.

On January 15-31, 2023, the avtur price was at Rp15,136,8 per liter for domestic flights and US$0,88,2 per liter for international flights. While in the period of February 1-14, 2023, the price fell to Rp14,947.59 per liter for domestic flight routes and increased to US$0,88.9 per liter for international flights.

Regarding the price of airplane tickets that increased significantly, Minister Uno noted that this was influenced by the load factor, the availability of aircraft, and the price of avtur.

Garuda Indonesia’s contribution

The state-owned airline, Garuda Indonesia, is making a positive contribution to the recovery of the national tourism sector by gradually optimizing the frequency of various flight routes with high levels of occupancy to Indonesia's leading destinations.

"We can ensure that in determining ticket prices, Garuda Indonesia always refers to the rules set by the government, especially regarding the Upper Limit Tariff (TBA) and Lower Limit Tariff (TBB) policies," Garuda Indonesia President Director Irfan Setiaputra said.

In a prudent manner, the implementation of ticket prices is carried out by considering the supporting aspects namely aviation fuel, to maintain the ticket price in accordance with the regulations.

In line with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy which strives to help solve the existing problems, the Ministry of Transportation is also committed to improving the quality of infrastructure, one of which is at Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, which is said to be the busiest airport managed by the state-owned airport operator, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I), in 2022.

The airport is attempting to expand its capacity to 35 million passengers per year or three times higher than the current capacity.

"With the Emirates airline's plan to operate the Wide Body Airbus A380 aircraft in mid-2023, it is necessary to increase capacity such as extending the runway and developing terminals and aprons as our effort to provide better service to passengers,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said.

In addition, the Ministry of Transportation is also committed to increasing connectivity in Bali which is also a tourist magnet for Indonesia by connecting the resort island with surrounding areas such as Lombok and Banyuwangi.

Regional development is also expected to bring a greater impact on the progress of the tourism sector, rather than building a new airport.

By strengthening synergy and collaboration among related stakeholders, Indonesia’s tourism sector is expected to revive after the PPKM revocation.

Oleh : Sinta Ambarwati, Resinta S/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Monday, October 24, 2022

Exploring Papuan Sea, Forest Areas For An Honest, Fair Election

Exploring Papuan Sea, Forest Areas For An Honest, Fair Election
Exploring Papuan Sea, Forest Areas For An Honest, Fair Election.
Biak - General Elections Commission's (KPU's) Verification Team is challenged by the hilly topography of Papua encompassing forests, open sea, and several terrains while factually verifying nine political parties as candidates for 2024 General Election in Papua.

In addition to the challenges due to natural factors, there are security issues in various districts in mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, the factual verification of political party membership in coastal areas, such as Mamberamo Raya, Sarmi, Biak Numfor, Supiori, Waropen, Nabire, and Yapen Islands District, must part the Papua North Pacific Ocean.

However, this challenge did not dampen the enthusiasm of KPU commissioners to conduct the factual verification of political parties as candidates for the 2024 General Election, which is now being carried out by KPU commissioners in 29 districts and cities in Papua.

“The KPU office in Biak is conducting factual verification of 1,600 members of nine political parties to remote island villages in the Padaido and Aimando Islands to Numfor Island," head of KPU Biak Mathias Jan Morin remarked.

According to Morin, direct face-to-face visits by KPU commissioners with members of certain political parties in remote areas are a consequence of the mandate of Article 178, paragraph (2) of Law Number 7 of 2017 concerning General Elections (Election Law) that regulates the stages of registration and verification of election participants that must be conducted 14 months before voting day.

In addition, KPU Regulation Number 4 of 2022 concerning Registration, Verification, and Determination of Political Parties Participating in the General Election of Members of the People's Representative Council and Regional People's Representative Council also requires the same regulation.

Another regulation, specifically the General Election Commission (PKPU) Regulation Number 3 of 2022 concerning the Stages and Schedule for the Implementation of the 2024 General Election, stated that registration and verification of election participants would take place from July 29, 2022, to December 13, 2022.

"According to the existing rules, PKPU Number 4 of 2022 regulates the task of KPU Biak Numfor to carry out factual verification of nine political parties as candidates for the 2024 General Election," he explained.

Three ways of verification

Head of Papua Province KPU Diana Dortea Simbiak noted that factual verification of the membership of nine political parties, as candidates for the 2024 General Election in 29 districts and cities of Papua Province, is still ongoing amid several natural challenges that must be faced with high level of difficulty.

For instance, the KPU verification team must travel to a remote area, passing through forests and valleys, to reach the verification points.

Verification officers in the coastal areas of the islands had to face strong sea waves to conduct factual verification.

"KPU commissioners in 29 districts and cities in Papua are currently carrying out a challenging task because they are verifying the factual membership of nine political parties as candidates for the 2024 General Election. In fact, some have chartered an airplane to go to the location and meet members of political parties that will be verified," she remarked.

Despite the challenges, the verification of membership of nine political parties is still ongoing until November 4, 2022.

She later outlined three methods of factual verification of political party membership. First, to come and meet directly at the house of the member of the political party concerned while the second method involves gathering all members to be verified by KPU at the political parties’ offices.

“While the third method will use communication technology with video calls via android cellular phone services," Simbiak added.

However, for factual verification through video calls with members of political parties whose names are included in the list, the KPU is often constrained by unstable cellular networks and inaccessible roads to certain village and district areas.

Although the challenges are complex, the KPU commissioners in 29 districts and cities throughout Papua that are carrying out the task can still work with enthusiasm to realize the 2024 Election in Papua to be democratic, clean, honest, fair, and with integrity.

Whatever on-field challenges arise while conducting duties must be accepted with sincerity as a form of dedication by KPU members to maintain democracy in Papua.

Anticipating political party lawsuits

Meanwhile, the Law Division of the KPU Papua Province, Zandra Mambrasar, reminded the factual verification team to work honestly and fairly while following applicable rules to avoid lawsuits by political parties.

Mambrasar addressed that the KPU, as an independent institution that carries out the duties of the 2024 General Election, should comply with the applicable laws and regulations.

Anticipating lawsuits from the factual verification stage must be considered carefully by the verification team.

"In order to avoid administrative dispute lawsuits at the General Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and the State Administrative Court (PTUN), the verification team must conduct its duties in accordance with the rules and do it correctly and professionally," he affirmed.

The KPU's Legal Division in 29 districts and cities throughout Papua has been given technical guidance in handling the prevention of potential administrative disputes from political parties through the Papua KPU workshop in Biak.

Results of factual verification of the membership of political parties, as candidates for the 2024 General Election in Papua, are expected to be the start of the success of an honest and fair direct democratic process to introduce a trustworthy representative of the people to improve the welfare of Papua residents.

Nine political parties, as candidates for the 2024 General Election that have undergone factual verification of membership, include PSI, Garuda Party, Perindo, Crescent Star Party, Hanura Party, Labor Party, Gelora Party, Ummat Party, and the Nusantara Awakening Party.

Oleh : Muhsidin, Resinta Sulistiyandari/Antara
Editor : Yakop