Kuta Beach Mandalika (this is not of Bali’s Kuta) and its surroundings in Lombok island, West Nusa Tenggara is being developed as to accommodate domestic and foreign visitors. In the next two years several star-rated accommodations will be operating in the region. (Photo: YD)

This picture shows Kuta Beach Mandalika (this is not of Bali’s Kuta) and its surroundings in Lombok island, West Nusa Tenggara is being developed as to accommodate domestic and foreign visitors. In the next two years several star-rated accommodations will be operating in the area. (Photo: ITN)

Jakarta, ( ITN – IndonesiaTouristNews ): Indonesia’s investment climate is growing healthier. Two sectors of investment that considered likely to grow rapidly this year are tourism and e-commerce.

In the last three years Indonesia’s “Ease of doing business” ranking has jumped from 120 to 72. In 2018 it is expected that Indonesia can be more attractive to investors. This year the largest growth of investment is predicted from tourism and e-commerce (E-Commerce).

In a special meeting led by President Joko Widodo on Friday (5/1), the president said, “I want to focus more and concentrate again on (attracting) the investment. Then, (to encourage) export or foreign trade. ”

According to the Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Thomas Lembong, rapid movements must be run to catch up. Investment growth in Indonesia should continue to improve as competing countries also are growing. And the two investment sectors that are considered to have the opportunity to grow rapidly this year are tourism and e-commerce.

A press release from the Ministry of Tourism explaining the above information, furthermore, states that investment in tourism sector is a priority because it is the most sustainable and the result goes directly  to the lower level in the community. Every year the (social economic) performance of Indonesian tourism, both from international visits (foreign tourists) and the movement of domestic travel in the country, also continues to climb when compared with other commodities’ such as oil, gas, coal, and oil palm.

“The results come out fast, the impact in the work opportunity resulting in quickly, and fast in foreign exchange earning, ” said the Head of BKPM.

Through the branding of Wonderful Indonesia and intensive promotion over the last three years, the ranking of Indonesia’s tourism competitiveness in the world continues to rise. After jumping sharply from the 70th rank in 2013 to the 50th rank in 2015, Indonesia’s tourism competitiveness index once again shot up 8 level to be on 42nd rank in 2017. Within that period the tourism sector has become a new economic power in Indonesia.

By 2019, the tourism sector is projected to contribute 15% of gross domestic product, Rp 280 trillion of foreign exchange, 20 million foreign tourists arrival, 275 million domestic tourists travel, and to absorb 13 million workers. Furthermore, the tourism sector is believed to be able to create new centers of economic growth that are more widespread throughout the country. ***