Jakarta: Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio is optimistic that the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup could help boost Indonesian tourism.
According to him, the ministry is ready to take part in promoting the event. Because of this, there must be careful preparation regarding accommodation and tourism facilities.
"2019 is a difficult year. It is November now. People want to book in advance," said the minister.
He said that the event is expected to increase the number of tourist arrivals in Indonesia. However, he warned that travel warnings could also affect tourism industry.
He revealed that last year’s Asian Games succeeded to attract foreign visitors. At the time, he served as the creative director of the 2018 Asian Games Organizing Committee.
Sporting events are not part of the responsibility of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. However, he revealed that his ministry would make many non-sporting events.
"Non-sporting events have a tremendous impact. It is our job to package it and make it attractive. We have to take advantage of that moment," he concluded.