Makassar: The Australian Consulate General in Makassar held an East Indonesia-Australia Tourism Forum, which brought together tourism industry participants from across the Indonesian archipelago,tourism experts, industry leaders, and investors from Australia, for two days.
"Today, we hold the 2019 East Australia-Indonesia Tourism Forum, and this will be an annual agenda that will benefit both countries," the Australian Consul General in Makassar, Richard Mathews, stated at the opening in Makassar on Monday.
He noted that the tourism activities held for two days, from March 4 to 5, 2019, will enhance cooperation between the Australian and Indonesian tourism sectors.
Both countries will support each other in economic development in eastern Indonesia, especially in tourism. Indonesia itself consists of thousands of islands not far from the northern coast of Australia.
"This forum will strengthen relations between people through sustainable tourism and will raise awareness in Australia about investment opportunities in Eastern Indonesia. The forum will also increase awareness in Indonesia of Australia's great capabilities in the tourism, hospitality, and training sectors," he remarked.
Richard stated that as the main sponsor for this forum event, he presented experts from the world's best tourism and education city, Gold Coast (Queensland).
The East Australia-Indonesia Tourism Forum is also supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism; Australia Awards Indonesia; partners from the Sustainability Research Institute (University of the Sunshine Coast) and Griffith Institute for Tourism (Griffith University, Queensland); and an Australian tourism company based in Bali, Travlr.com.
"I travel a lot and travel around, and I often meet with governors and district heads in Indonesia, especially in Eastern Indonesia. The big question at these meetings is that we want to build tourism and how we do it," he explained.
Through this forum, Mathews hoped that good synergies and mutual agreements would be established in terms of developing tourism and the economy of the two countries. (Antara)