Updated: Feb 11
MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND CREATIVE ECONOMY/TOURISM AND CREATIVE ECONOMY AGENCY
MOTCE’s Permanent Secretary Emphasizes Significance of Strengthening Tourism Professional Workers in ASEAN, As an effort to drive economic revival and create employment opportunities
ID HOTELIER - Jakarta, February 2nd 2023 - Indonesia c.q. Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency (MOTCE) starts the series of ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2023. Opening the agenda was the 57th ASEAN NTO’s Meeting, which discussed post-pandemic tourism development strategic plans in ASEAN and other initiatives.
The Permanent Secretary of the MOTCE, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, when opening the 57th ASEAN NTO’s Meeting at the Yogyakarta Marriot Hotel on Thursday (2/2/2023), said that one of the efforts to recover post-pandemic tourism to become stronger and more sustainable is to consistently fight for highly competitive tourism professionals so that they can be absorbed not only in the ASEAN market but also globally.
In the ASEAN region itself, the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) has been designed to facilitate the movement of tourism professional workers between ASEAN members.
“Soon, we will see that this MRA-TP can facilitate the movement of tourism professionals. Besides exchanging information on best practices in competency-based education and training for tourism professionals, also to provide opportunities for cooperation and capacity building in all ASEAN member countries,” Ni Wayan Giri said.
According to her, the existence of quality tourism human resources will affect tourists’ comfort when visiting tourist destinations. Especially after the pandemic, tourist movement has started to increase.
The latest World Tourism Barometer data released by UNWTO on January 2023 shows that there were around 34.4 million tourist arrivals in the Southeast Asia region. This number has increased compared to 2021, which was only about 2.9 million.
In the ASEAN NTO’s Meeting, there are a number of discussion agendas. Ranging from the implementation of the 2016-2025 ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ASTP), a Study to Develop a Framework on Sustainable Tourism Development in the ASEAN Post-COVID-19 Era, ASEAN Tourism Marketing Strategy, to organizing events such as investment seminars and ASTA (ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award) 2024.
NTO is a National Tourism Organization representing the government in the ASEAN region.
In addition to the 57th ASEAN NTO’s Meeting, there will be other meetings, such as The 22nd ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan, Korea) Minister's Meeting, The 10th ASEAN Plus India Minister's Meeting, dan The 2nd ASEAN Plus Russia Minister's Meeting, which will take place at the Yogyakarta Marriot Hotel, Saturday (4/2/2023).
I Gusti Ayu Dewi Hendriyani
Head of Communication Bureau
Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency