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Indonesia promotes unified visa system for ASEAN

(People's Daily)

16:21, January 19, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Indonesia’s tourism industry will maintain rapid development in 2012. In order to achieve the goal of attracting 8 million foreign tourists and earning 9 billion U.S. dollars in foreign exchange this year, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will spend nearly 2 trillion rupiah, or about 200 million U.S. dollars, promoting the development of tourism and creative economy across the country.

Indonesia is also considering negotiating with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to accelerate the implementation of a unified visa system for all ASEAN members. Once all ASEAN countries join the system, Chinese tourists will only need one visa to visit the entire region.

Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Pangestu said on Jan. 4 that China’s economy has witnessed rapid development, and it enjoys great potential. The Indonesian tourism industry has focused efforts on attracting Chinese tourists.

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