JAKARTA, presidentpost.com – Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) held an occasion called ‘PATA Indonesia Youth Forum’ on Wednesday (10/26). The event was held under the cooperation of PATA, President University and Ministry of Tourism.
About 200 participants from High School (SMU), Vocational High School (SMK), and various universities in Jakarta attended the event.
CEO of PATA Indonesia Chapter, Purnomo Siswoprasetijo said that the program was organized every year to provide a medium for the tourism business players to networking and motivate the young people to get interested in developing the tourism.
“This event also supplies a sufficient information for the students of SMU, SMK and Higher Education to be a choice to work in the tourism sector later,” said Purnomo in Jakarta, on Wednesday (10/26).
He added that the tourism sector has become superior and generates a significant foreign exchange revenue for the country. Currently, the number of foreign tourists coming to Indonesia keeps increasing. Therefore, new destinations must be prepared. “To prepare them, we need qualified human resources. This forum becomes one of our communication to introduce the youth the big opportunity in the tourism.”
Furthermore, Purnomo said he hoped such an event would open their eyes about the opportunities in the tourism so that the sector can absorb the manpower well.
According to him, Indonesian tourism is wide open due to diverse tourist destinations. The government has started to see this as a great opportunity. Therefore, the government continues to build the infrastructure. “Good infrastructure will attract more tourists to visit and grow the regional economy,” he added.
In the last three years, the government has been focusing on the development of tourism by setting 10 new destinations in Indonesia. “Of course, we from the association will invite the tourism business players to invest, at least in the tour packages which promote Indonesia, especially the 10 new tourist destinations. Indonesia is not only Bali, there are new destinations that will become new traffics of tourists,” Purnomo closed. (IND/TPP)