The Kingdom of the Netherlands has reiterated its pledge to assist the growth of Indonesian tourism, said Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment.
“I’m asking King Willem to help us by sending some of his tourism practitioners to train us to improve our tourism spots. We don’t need financial support, but we need tourism experts to train young people here to improve hygiene issues, educate them to serve tourists, and make a place more attractive for tourists,” Pandjaitan said in a statement here on Friday.
The minister issued the statement after receiving a visit from the Netherlands by King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti at the Del Institute of Technology campus in Boti Song, North Sumatra, Thursday (Mar 12).
Accompanied by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama, Pandjaitan invited the Royal Dutch couple to visit the Del Institute of Technology Complex.
“We have an idea from the discussion to start operating a direct flight from Amsterdam to Medan,” he said.
Pandjaitan believes the opening of a direct flight between Amsterdam and Medan will bring more tourists to Indonesia from the Netherlands, particularly North Sumatra.
In addition, the two parties decided to have more talks on a conference call next week.
The King and Queen of the Netherlands also had the opportunity to speak with tourism professionals conducting a seminar in person during the visit. Ratu Maxima has stressed the importance of building capacity in the tourism industry.
“Capacity building (the process of acquiring, developing and retaining skills, expertise and equipment to develop competence) is increasingly needed if you want to have a sustainable tourism sector. A concept that, in addition to offering economic benefits, also contributes to conservation activities,” Maxima told the participant.
Before leaving Indonesia, the royal couple also visited Siambat Dalan Village / Lintong Nihuta Village, Eco Village Tourism in Silima Lombu, Samosir, and then Parapat, in Toba.