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    Boosting the Tourism Sector, Arief Yahya: Requires Global Standard Graduates

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    BANDUNG, - Indonesia's tourism sector is determined as the leading sector contributing to the country's economy. The rapid progress of this sector is projected to be the core economy as well as the largest foreign exchange earner in Indonesia in the next five years. Therefore, it takes human resources (HR) graduates of schools and colleges who are equipped with international or global standard knowledge.

    This was conveyed by the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia (Menpar), Arief Yahya while attending the SBM ITB Graduation Thanksgiving night at the Continental Hotel, Bandung City, Thursday (10/17/2019) night.

    In the future, said Arief, in order to respond to global challenges, a country must be able to determine a reliable sector to encourage economic growth. "If the language now has to be able to determine what the leading sector is," he added

    Furthermore, being able to determine the allocation of resources in accordance with the leading sector. If not, then the nation's economic development will not be accelerated.

    "If we allocate resources like past performance we cannot anymore, but we have to imagine what our target will be," he explained

    Arief indicated that if he wanted to compete at the world level, every educational institution, especially the world of campus, had to apply an international standard curriculum.

    He gave an example of a tourism university under the auspices of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism (Kemenpar) about 30 percent of its graduates work abroad with the position of Manager and General Manager.

    "For that reason, I made world-level curriculum standards and regional level certifications. The point is that if you want to be a global player, you must always use global standards, including in the development of human resources," he said

    As is known, based on the record of the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Tourism, foreign exchange contribution from the tourism sector increased from US $ 12.2 billion in 2015 to US $ 13.6 billion in 2016, and rose again to US $ 15 billion in 2017. In 2018 it is targeted to reap foreign exchange of US $ 17 billion , and in 2019 it is targeted to contribute number one foreign exchange to defeat other sectors with a projected value of US $ 20 billion.

    "I am optimistic that this year and the next five years, the tourism industry will be one of the largest foreign exchange earners, beating other sectors with a projected value of US $ 20 billion," he concluded. (Even)

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