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Business and Tourism Players in Labuan Bajo are Proud of Indonesia to Host the 42nd ASEAN Summit


West Manggarai – Labuan Bajo business and tourism players are proud to hold the ASEAN Summit in their region. Business actors and tourism people are showing their enthusiasm and enthusiasm in welcoming this moment because as the host of an important event, Labuan Bajo can be better known to the world. The Tourism Sector in Labuan Bajo remains open during the 42nd ASEAN Summit.

Director of the Labuan Bajo Flores Authority Executing Agency or BPOLBF, Shana Fatina, said that tourism services at the Super Priority Tourism Destinations will remain open during the ASEAN Summit 9-11 May 2023.

“We have collected possible room options because the date coincides with the date the tourists have arrived. There is no closure for tourist visits and they are still running as usual, the difference is that there is a bit of traffic jams around the main locations,” Shana explained to the media.

He also appealed to SMEs to prepare their products properly.

“For this reason, we urge our MSME friends to prepare their products well, and prepare a lot so they don’t run out of stock. And what is no less important is that people are always aware of waste and clean, so that guests who come feel comfortable,” he said.

Indonesia, which has the mandate as Chair of ASEAN 2023, raised the big theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth” which means that Indonesia wants to make ASEAN remain important and relevant to the ASEAN community and the world. That is, including its role in improving the welfare of the people of Indonesia, the ASEAN region and even internationally.

The 42nd ASEAN Summit will be held on 9-11 May 2023 in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, NTT for ASEAN member countries. Then the second Summit in September 2023 will take place in Jakarta with participants from ASEAN countries and dialogue partner countries.

Shana added, ships carrying passengers and logistics would remain open during the ASEAN Summit, but the time was adjusted and the sound of ships was turned down so that it would not be a disturbance.

In this regard, previously the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said that the ASEAN Summit was expected to trigger 1.1 million foreign tourist visits.

“Moreover, the government continues to boost infrastructure development in Labuan Bajo, as one of the Super Priority Destinations,” said Sandiaga Uno when meeting media crew at the Presidential Palace.

Sandiaga also added that during the ASEAN Summit, the mobilization of ships carrying passengers and logistics belonging to state-owned and private companies remained open.

According to him, each participating country will send 50-70 delegates, 300-500 people for the national committee and then 1,300 people for security.

“It is estimated that 3,000 people will come to Labuan Bajo during the ASEAN Summit,” said Sandiaga.

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