Antara News report that The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy are hosting the 2022 International Wellness Tourism Conference & Festival (IWTCF) in Solo, Central Java from August 5-7 to promote health tourism or wellness tourism in Indonesia.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Sandiaga Uno told the press, “the 2022 IWTCF is a form of collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and the Indonesia Wellness Institute and also the Surakarta/ Solo City Government to promote Indonesia as a wellness tourism destination.”
It’s expected that the event will target 300-participants to physically attend the event, 1,000-participants to attend the event virtually and 30-speakers from G20 member countries, ASEAN, and Indonesia.
Uno drew attention to the fact that health tourism had become a new lifestyle and also an unstoppable trend, considering the fact that after the COVID-19 pandemic, several people were keen to lead a healthier lifestyle. “Indonesia itself, especially Solo, Yogyakarta, and Bali, have a variety of wellness products of good quality. Therefore, this is the right time for us to promote our wellness tourism products,” he said.
The 2022 IWTCF carries the theme “A Sustainability Strategy For The World Tourism Recovery And Growth Through Wellness Tourism For All” that was chosen since collaboration with all stakeholders was important to recover tourism and the creative economy globally, especially in the field of wellness tourism that is projected to become a driving force for the global economy.
The event is to be followed by a workshop to prepare aromatherapy and Indonesian herbal medicine, exhibition of personal care and beauty, healthy food, and traditional medicine, and also a business matching to introduce tourism business actors to potential investors.
Antara News claim Uno is optimistic that Indonesia’s wellness and tourism sector would be widely recognized by foreign tourists. “I hope that after the event, more tourists would come to Indonesia to enjoy our wellness tourism products,” he remarked.
Rizki Handayani, Deputy for Tourism Products and Event Organizers at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy also expressed optimism that in future, Indonesian wellness tourism would be on top of the minds of domestic and foreign tourists.
The ministry will also continue to develop other regions in Indonesia that have a plethora of natural wealth, cultures, and traditions that are important for wellness tourism that could be processed into herbal products, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, meditation, retreats, healthy foods, and others.
Source: Antara News