Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Changes brought about by tourism in Jakarta

One of the changes that is brought about by tourism in Jakarta is definitely the economic benefits. As mentioned in my previous post, globalisation has enable people to travel more and experience things out of their comfort zone. The growth of foreign visitors was more than 15% per year, contributing to an increase in foreign currency receipts as both foreign tourists’ expenditure and their length of stay increased. The increase in tourist arrivals to Jakarta, has resulted in more attractions being developed to meet the needs and demands of the tourists. A total of 6.45 million foreign nationals visited the country in 2009, an increase of 0.8 percent from 2008, according to preliminary data from the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy. The government is forecasting foreign tourist arrivals to increase by 4.7 percent to 6.75 million this year (Information adopted from http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/indonesia-tourist-arrivals-rose-in-2009-but-spending-declined/350989)

In addition, tourism in Indonesia has contributed 16% of total job creation in 1995, and in 2007 it is estimated that 1 of every 11 new jobs will originate from tourism (Kompas, 06/02/1999). With more jobs created, the locals will be able to benefit from it and hence result in a higher standard of living for them. With a good economic status, Jakarta will also be attractive to more foreign investments to invest in the city.
(Information adopted from an online document: Economic Impact of Tourism and Globalisation in Indonesia)

The combination of the growth of foreign visitors and globalisation only amplifies the positive impacts of globalisation. How about the impacts of globalisation and tourism on Jakarta's native culture?

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