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Kerstin Beise, incoming travel organiser, Accessible Indonesia Travel, Makassar

I am happy to be here. This is my first time, I have travelled far and want to take advantage of the opportunities offered by ITB Berlin. Booking advance appointments via the Virtual Market Place did not work so well for me. So I am all the more surprised to see so many familiar faces here at the Conference on Barrier-free Tourism . Once you are here, there are so many people to meet. I would like there to be an extra day to have more time with one another. Networking is so important, especially for us lone warriors, in order to give each other support.

15 new airports by 2019: Indonesia's growth strategy emphasises their features

Indonesien, Tempel

"We are a country with an Islamic population - but not an Islamic republic", clarifies Fauzi Bowo, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Germany. At the beginning of his speech today at ITB Berlin 2017, he indicated the importance of values such as freedom of expression and the press, tolerance, democracy, and solidarity in the fight against terrorism. Because if visitor numbers are to almost double from 12 million (2016) to 20 million by 2019, it cannot be done without Europe, which, at 15%, is next to China and Singapore as the island state's largest source markets.

Indonesia is delighted with record tourism – and maintains ambitious targets

“In 2015 we set ourselves the target of 10 million visitors which we even managed to exceed with 10.4 million“, said a delighted Fauzi Bowo at ITB Berlin 2016. “That represents over 10 per cent growth.“ The ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia is confident that the next targets will be met: 12 million visitors by the end of 2016 and 20 million even by the end of  President Joko Widodo’s tenure in 2019.

Ambitious growth target: Indonesia plans to double visitor numbers by 2019


For Dr. Ir. Arief Yahya the chosen direction is clear: by 2019 Indonesia intends to roughly double its most important tourism figures. The aim is to see a rise in annual number of tourism arrivals from just over nine million to 20 million, and to increase turnover in this sector from ten billion US dollars to 20 billion, the Minister of Tourism explained at ITB Berlin. The new impetus is due above all to the new President, who took office in October 2014, and whose government has given significantly higher priority to developing the country’s tourism industry.