Five Lines of Action, Primary Focus of “The 1st Tourism Working Group” at G20 Summit

Labuan Bajo, 8 May 2022

– The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency (MOTCE) has the honor to chair an international-scale event for the first time on the “Tourism Working Group (TWG)” which is one of the working groups of the Indonesian Presidency at the 2022 G20 Summit.

“The 1st Tourism Working Group” itself will take place on May 10-11, 2022, in a hybrid format at Sudamala Resort, Komodo, Labuan Bajo.

The primary issue to discuss at “The 1st Tourism Working Group” is strengthening the community as agents of change for transforming more quality and sustainable tourism, centering on five lines of action (pillars of actions) so as the recovery and revival of the post- pandemic tourism and creative economy sector will affect the society.

The Acting Deputy for Resources and Institutions of the MOTCE, Frans Teguh, in his statement said that the COVID-19 pandemic had given valuable lessons to the global tourism and creative economy sector. This crisis shows how important the role of the community in realizing sustainable tourism is as a step to managing long-term and medium- term tourism.

For this reason, the five lines of action that are the main focus will be discussed in the forum “The 1st Tourism Working Group Meeting”.

“The G20 delegates who attended hybrid have the opportunity to deliver concrete steps or strategies best on best practices that can be collaborated between member countries, to ensure that tourism HR are optimally educated, skills increases in line with the increasingly advanced flow of digitization, and while still paying attention to sustainable tourism aspects,” according to Frans.

These five lines of action include human capital related to work, skills, entrepreneurship, and education, how tourism HR are able to see market needs and wants, create new employments, and be able to bring added value from their products and services.

Second, innovation, digitization, and the creative economy. Focus on how the community is able to be more innovative, creative, and adaptive in entering the digital economy ecosystem order, so that creative economy actors can reach a wider market.

Third, women and youth empowerment. In which, they have an important role in the future recovery and resilience of the tourism and creative economy sector. In Indonesia itself, it was recorded that in 2020, there were 53 percent or 90 million Indonesian people dominated by millennials and generation Z. This shows how enormous the potential of the younger generation is in advancing the tourism sector in the future.

Fourth, climate action, biodiversity conservations, and circular economy, in which, the use of energy, land, water, and food resources in the tourism sector can reduce carbon emissions.

And lastly, the policy framework, governance, and investment, with a focus on making policies and steps more holistic to support the four pillars of the lines of action.

Through this international forum, Frans Teguh expected that the G20 countries could strengthen synergies so that all efforts to realize the recovery of the post-pandemic tourism and creative economy can be realized.

“To get out of this pandemic, we cannot walk alone. The G20 countries need good collaboration, so they can show that the tourism sector is a though sector, a sector that can become a locomotive for economic revival and create employment opportunities,” he added.

In addition, he also hoped that this G20 TWG would produce a mutual agreement among the G20 countries to overcome the existing challenges as a whole by promoting togetherness and sustainability.

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