According to reporting from Tempo, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, met Singaporean officials to explore the potential of collaborating with Singapore in presenting world-class music concerts and other international events in Indonesia.

According to the statement received on Sunday (10/3/24,) Sandiaga said that he had met Singaporean Minister of Sustainability and the Environment and Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations, Grace Fu Hai Yien, saying that international concerts and events have huge economic potential, as shown by “the recent Taylor Swift concert in Singapore [which] boosted the country’s economy since the concertgoers spent up to five times more money than ordinary tourists in Singapore.”

Tempo reports that Sandiaga also said that the Indonesian government is preparing the Indonesia Tourism Fund to provide funding and incentives for tourism and creative economy actors in Indonesia.

“Our strategy is to provide a special incentive for promotors or event organizers who organize international-level attractions in Indonesia,” he said, adding that the incentive is not limited to music concerts, as it will also be available to hold cultural or sports events.

Apart from incentives, Sandiaga said that his side will collaborate with government ministries and agencies in supporting infrastructure development, permit digitization, and the development of human resources relevant to the matter, according to Tempo.

Efforts to eradicate ticket scalpers will be optimized to improve Indonesia’s standing among Southeast Asian countries to present international events, he said.

“We believe that with a one-stop permit system or permit digitization, promotors will not experience any difficulties and spend less money while applying for the permit. This mechanism will also cut the lengthy process short and make it more transparent,” the minister explained.

He emphasized that, in terms of quality, Indonesian musicians are on par with international musicians. Moreover, with a diverse number of music concerts taking place every year, local musicians will have several platforms to perform their music, reports Tempo.


Source: Tempo

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