Indonesia is working to foster robust collaboration with Qatar in the hospitality and tourism sectors, the southeast Asian country’s top diplomat here told Gulf Times on the sidelines of Hospitality Qatar 2023, which will run until November 8 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).
Indonesian ambassador Ridwan Hassan underscored that both countries’ cooperation in these sectors will have a significant focus on the multi-trillion global halal industry, Qatari investments in Indonesia and the growing trade volume between Indonesia and Qatar.
“The partnership between Qatar and Indonesia in the hospitality and tourism sectors has been growing steadily. Indonesia has much to offer as a tourism destination,” Hassan pointed out, adding that the country’s presence at the three-day event underscores Indonesia’s dedication to fostering strong partnerships in the hospitality industry.
The tourism-related information that would be promoted by the embassy during the event will include Indonesia’s bid to develop the so-called ‘10 Bali Destinations’, which are spread across different islands and regions. This initiative aims at showcasing the nation's cultural and natural diversity. These destinations are poised to become significant draws for tourists, the ambassador explained.
On the halal industry and investment opportunities for Qatar, Hassan emphasised that Indonesia is keen to position itself as an international hub for the halal economy, “given its status as the most populous Muslim nation.”
Hassan underscored the potential for halal tourism, as Indonesia’s growing halal economy sector contributes significantly to its total economy.
“Indonesia welcomes investments in the tourism sector and we are inviting Qatar to consider these opportunities. Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has been actively exploring investment opportunities in Indonesia, including plans to develop resorts,” Hassan pointed out.
The ambassador also said Indonesia and Qatar have witnessed a surge in their trade volume, which, according to him, “is a reflection of the robust economic ties between the two nations.”
“Qatar Airways’ increased flights to Indonesia, including six combined daily flights to Jakarta and Bali, have played a pivotal role in expanding trade and economic co-operation,” Hassan stressed.
Indonesian ambassador Ridwan Hassan.