Jokowi acknowledges achievements in tourism in Facebook post

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview with Reuters in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 3, 2017.
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As a President who regularly posts videos, it's no surprise to see President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo take to Facebook to report on the progress that has been made by his administration.

In his latest Facebook post, Jokowi talks about the Indonesian Composite Index (IHSG).

The IHSG broke a new record recently by almost reaching the level of 6,000 after this year's Idul Fitri.

Meanwhile, cash inflows from January to June have reached Rp 124 trillion (S$12.8 billion), close to the same period last year, which recorded Rp 126 trillion in inflows.

Jokowi also talks about data from the Central Statistics Agency on the number of foreign tourists between January and May this year. The period saw a 20 per cent increase to 5,358,489 visitors from the same period last year.

According to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, such success is the result of a team effort involving other ministries.

He gave the example of accessibility issues in the tourist industry. To expand accessibility, the ministry received support from the Transportation Ministry, the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry and state-owned airport operators PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I and II.

Other ministries, such as the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry and the Law and Human Rights Ministry, also helped by improving access to tourist destinations and easing visa regulations, he claimed.