The Australia Eastern Indonesia Tourism Forum was held in Makassar 4 – 5 March 2019. This event brought together over 400 Australian and Indonesian tourism sector experts, business people and practitioners to discuss the growing tourism opportunities in eastern Indonesia. It exposed Indonesians to Australian expertise in tourism sector development – for example hotel and tourism management and hospitality training, tour guiding, building sustainable tourism developments, solving logistic and transport problems, and marketing products globally or locally.
Concrete outcomes included:
· the signing of a Letter of Intent between the Mayor of Makassar Danny Pomanto and the Mayor of the Gold Coast Tom Tate on establishing a sister-city relationship that will focus on education and training, tourism, creative economy and culture
· the signing of MoUs on enhanced cooperation between the Union Institute of Language (Queensland) and TAFE Queensland with Indonesian partners, Bosowa Education, Lembaga Layanan Pendidikan Tinggi (Higher Education Services Institute) and APTISI Sulawesi (Association of Private Universities in Sulawesi region).
Also on Monday 4 March 2019 in Jakarta, the Australian and Indonesian Ministers for Trade signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), which covers all sectors of the economy, including tourism and vocational and education services.
The Australia Eastern Indonesia Tourism Forum will be the start of an ongoing program of cooperation and collaboration between Australia and Indonesia in the tourism sector, with a particular focus on the growing opportunities in eastern Indonesia. Once IA-CEPA enters into force it will open up many more tourism and vocational/technical education opportunities across eastern Indonesia.
The theme of the Tourism Forum “strengthening people-to-people links through sustainable tourism”, will continue to underpin our approach to tourism cooperation.
Tourism Forum Program
Presentations from expert speakers can be found here.
Social media posts from the event can be found using the hashtags for the Australia Eastern Indonesia Tourism Forum 2019: #AEITF19 and #ozindtourism.
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