JAKARTADAILY.ID – Minister of Tourism Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno believes that the wedding industry is able to become a locomotive in economic recovery not only in Indonesia but globally so that it can open new and quality jobs and realize more inclusive and sustainable tourism.
Minister of Tourism Sandiaga said this during his opening speech at the Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress 2022 at the Bali International Convention Center, The Westin Nusa Dua, Bali, Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
He added that based on data compiled by the Minister of Tourism before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the value of the domestic wedding industry is estimated to reach more than $4 billion in 2019 and this figure increased by about 20 to 30 percent in 2020 before finally being stopped by the pandemic.
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“So this is a very big opportunity that industry players can take to advance the wedding industry and become a locomotive for creating new and quality jobs.
It also encourages the presence of sustainable tourism," said Sandiaga in a press release published on Kemenparekraf.go.id, Wednesday, September 29, 2022.
Because, for one wedding event, between 200 and 300 workers can gather who help prepare and make the event a success.
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Which consists of various creative economy sub-sectors such as photographers, videographers, fashion designers, make-up artists, food and beverage, to souvenirs.
In addition, the length of stay from visits to weddings is longer, ranging from five to seven days, and provides a multiplier effect for other industries, such as SMEs and other tourist attractions.
The Minister of Tourism Sandiaga also recommended five tourist destinations that could be used as wedding venues other than Bali 'the paradise on earth.
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Starting from Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, and Likupang in North Sulawesi.
"These are five super priority destinations in Indonesia that can be included in the wedding list. Of course, the natural beauty offered is enchanting," said Sandiaga.
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