Tourism community in the eastern part of Indonesia expects President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to select qualified professional as the Minister for Culture and Tourism in his next cabinet to work between 2009 and 2014. Having the right person in position is essential to bring Indonesian tourism back from the set back caused by various issues including terrorism and global financial crisis as well as building strength to stand the competition especially against neighboring countries.
“In organizing his new cabinet, for the position of Minister for Culture and Tourism, we the tourism community of eastern Indonesia expect the President to choose experienced practitioner with proven success in tourism business”, Nico Pasaka, the regional coordinator for eastern Indonesia of Indonesian Association for Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA), said in Tanjung Benoa.
Nico believes that among candidates considered suitable for the position and therefore deserves a full support is Balinese tourism practitioner Jero Gede Karang Tangkid Suarsana. “We, tourism community in eastern Indonesia support Jero Karang for the Minister of Culture and Tourism. In our views, he has been well tested, ke knows exactly the problems and challenges of tourism industry. He has also delivered his merit in building international image of Indonesian tourism through cultural tourism programs”, Nico continued.
Having experienced practitioner in the industry as the minister, Nico confidents that Indonesian tourism will quickly recovers from the current setback, the situation which currently taken as an advantage by neighboring countries to grow their own benefits.
“We need the right person who knows exactly the various problem of tourism industry such as promotion, airlines, and so on to quickly address them instead of letting them carry on like the current situation”, he continued.