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Due to the Pandemic, Foreign Exchange Income in the Tourism Sector Drops by 90 Percent

Coordinating Minister (Menko) for the Economy, Airlangga Hartarto said tourism was the sector most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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TRIBUNBATAM.id - Coordinating Minister (Menko) for the Economy, Airlangga Hartarto said tourism was the sector most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

So far, the contribution of the tourism sector to the country's foreign exchange has reached 15 billion US dollars per year.

However, due to the pandemic, foreign exchange from this sector dropped drastically by 90 percent due to the very small number of tourists visiting. 

"The tourism sector has been very hard hit. For that, we need to encourage the tourism sector, where Bintan Island which usually gets 3 million tourists. Today, almost none. The tourism sector, which is usually 15 billion US dollars a year, provides foreign exchange income, this time, both Bali and Bintan have decreased. Thus, income has decreased by 90 percent, "he said in the Indonesian Economy Instagram account, Friday (9/25/2020).

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Therefore, the tourism sector and other sectors that have contracted need to be encouraged. Namely, by compiling a roadmap that will be initiated by the Ministry of Health. 

In addition, said Airlangga, the government's commitment to encourage the tourism sector is one of them is by optimizing government spending by holding events such as the Rakorpim which is taking place today, in the Lagoi Tourism Area, Bintan, Riau Islands.

"What we are doing is starting with tourism activities and MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions) at tourist destination locations," he said. (*) 

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