In recognition of the importance of tourism to the economic development of eastern Indonesia, the Australian Consulate-General in Makassar will hold The Australia-Eastern Indonesia Tourism Forum in Makassar, 4-5 March 2019.
Tourism is a key driver of development and a major and growing contributor to Indonesian economic growth. In 2019 the tourism sector will account for 15 per cent of Indonesian GDP, and that growth will increasingly benefit many communities across the provinces of eastern Indonesia. Australia is the closest developed-country neighbour to eastern Indonesia, a major source of tourists, and also a potentially major contributor to the development of the tourism sector across eastern Indonesia.
The Australian Consulate-General in Makassar will host the Australia-Eastern Indonesia Tourism Forum 4-5 March 2019 to bring together tourism industry participants from across the Indonesian archipelago, and tourism experts, industry leaders and investors from Australia, for two days of discussions, networking and ideas-sharing. The focus of this event will be the growing opportunities in tourism across the eastern provinces of Indonesia. In hosting this event we are partnering with the Griffith Institute for Tourism (Griffith University, Queensland), the Sustainability Research Institute (University of the Sunshine Coast), and Australian tourism start-up Travlr. This will be the key event in 2019 for anyone interested in learning more about the exciting tourism growth opportunities across the thousands of islands that make up the eastern half of Indonesia, just to Australia’s north.