This chapter includes the following articles.
Indonesia encompasses more than 17,000 islands, spread out over thousands of kilometres between the Indian and Pacific oceans. With the world’s largest tropical coastline, Indonesia has become a leading tourism destination in South-east Asia; the country’s cultural and natural diversity also offer significant untapped potential. Although the country has seen expansion in tourism in recent years, the Covid-19 pandemic that broke out in early 2020 has dampened prospects in the short run. Even so, President Joko Widodo, better known as President Jokowi, has identified tourism as a strategic sector through which to boost foreign exchange reserves. The sector is also set to provide a training and employment platform for a youthful workforce – a factor that could drive growth in both the sector and broader economy in the medium term. This chapter contains an interview with Abdulbar Mansoer, President Director, Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation.