Amazing sunrise view of meditating Buddha statue and stone stupas against shining sun on background. Ancient Borobudur Buddhist temple. Great religious architecture. Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Indonesia secures a seat on the UNWTO Executive Board, bolstering its role in global tourism and leading the revival of the sector.

Indonesia has achieved a significant milestone by being elected as a member of the Executive Board of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the 2023-2027 period. This achievement not only showcases Indonesia’s prominence in the global community but also highlights the trust placed in the country to spearhead the revival of the tourism sector. In a statement released on Tuesday, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the trust bestowed upon Indonesia. “I am grateful and moved by the trust that has been given to Indonesia,” Uno said.

The election results reflected Indonesia’s overwhelming support, with the country receiving 16 votes, surpassing strong contenders such as China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. As a member representing the East Asia and Pacific region, Indonesia will join other influential nations, including China, Japan, and South Korea, on the UNWTO executive board. Uno emphasized that Indonesia and its counterparts in the region would shoulder the responsibility of developing UNWTO programs tailored to the specific needs of the East Asia and Pacific region, with a comprehensive report to be presented at the organization’s General Assembly in October 2023.

Undoubtedly, Indonesia’s membership on the UNWTO Executive Board will amplify its role in both national and global tourism development. This recognition is a testament to the country’s dedication and ongoing efforts to position itself as a prominent player in the international tourism landscape. In fact, just last year, Indonesia had the privilege of hosting the World Tourism Day commemoration in Bali, coinciding with the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting. With this new responsibility at UNWTO, Minister Uno urged all stakeholders and citizens to unite in fostering progress within the tourism sector.

Speaking on the matter, Uno acknowledged the world’s recognition of Indonesia and stressed the importance of not only developing domestic tourism but also contributing to the growth of regional and global tourism. This achievement provides an excellent platform for Indonesia to showcase its cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality to the world. As the nation assumes its role on the UNWTO Executive Board, it is expected to bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and collaborative efforts to the table, propelling the tourism sector towards a brighter future.

In conclusion, Indonesia’s election as a member of the UNWTO Executive Board signifies a remarkable feat for the country, highlighting its role as a key player in the global tourism arena. Minister Uno’s expression of gratitude and commitment to the sector reflects the government’s dedication to reviving and advancing the tourism industry. With this new responsibility, Indonesia aims to contribute not only to its own tourism growth but also to the development of regional and global tourism. As the nation embarks on this exciting journey, stakeholders and citizens are encouraged to come together in unity, unlocking the immense potential that lies within Indonesia’s vibrant and diverse tourism landscape.

Sourced from ANTARA News