Assuming that the 2018 Asian Games will be successful, it will boost the country’s tourism industry and produce economic benefits. According to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, the upcoming Games aim to welcome 250,000 supporters from ASEAN and other Asian countries, which will allow visitors from participating countries to embrace the land and culture of Indonesia.
In addition, these visitors may feel inclined to visit other islands of the archipelago. While tourism in Indonesia has more than doubled over the past decade to become a major driver of the economy, the Asian Games may help achieve the goal of the government to “replicate the success of Bali as a tourist destination in a number of other locations spread across Indonesia”.
The combination of athletes, officials, supporters and spectators expected to be present brings high hopes to the Indonesian economy. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister for National Planning (Bappenas), estimates that hosting the Asian Games will facilitate a cash flow of Rp. 45.1 trillion to the Indonesian economy in addition to bringing Rp. 34 trillion worth of investment in infrastructure for the organization of the event.
The 18th Asian Games signify not only a fun and meaningful event to the region and the world, but also provide that push Indonesia needs to keep going.
The transaction value recorded during the 40-day event at the 51st Jakarta Fair was Rp7.3 trillion. The transaction value increased from 2017's Rp6.6 trillion. This year's Jakarta Fair absorbed 40,000 to 50,000 laborers, and attracted 6.7 million visitors.