RRI Voice of Indonesia held the 43rd Diplomatic Forum speech at the Grand City Hall Hotel Medan on Wednesday 21 September 2022. The Diplomatic Forum is the flagship program of RRI Voice of Indonesia which presents actual international issues discussed with a number of speakers in English.
Speakers who attended the Diplomatic Forum this time were Young Japanese Consul Asano Shunya, Malaysian Political and Economic Consul Azizah, German Honorary Consul Adhyaksa Darmadi, Deputy Chair of the North Sumatran Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association Melky Waas, and Deputy Chair of the North Sumatran Indonesian Travel Bureau Association Clement HJ Gultom.
Also present were Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno and Governor of North Sumatra Edy Rahmayadi as virtual keynote speakers.
The Diplomatic Forum is broadcast live via streaming on www.voinews.id, the Youtube channel @voiindonesia, and the Facebook social network 'The Voice of Indonesia'.
The theme discussed is North Sumatra Tourism, Recover Stronger.
Director of RRI Voice of Indonesia Soleman Yusuf said, "This theme was chosen considering the increase in North Sumatra tourism after previously experiencing a slump due to the Covid-19 pandemic."
The sharp increase in foreign tourist arrivals to North Sumatra Province can be seen from statistical data released by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). According to the BPS of North Sumatra Province, the number of foreign tourist visits to the province in July 2022 was recorded at 7518 visits.
Meanwhile, in the same period in 2021, there were only 28 foreign tourist visits. This means an increase of 26,750 percent.
"This momentum must be used by all parties to encourage economic improvement in North Sumatra," said Soleman Yusuf, Wednesday (21/9/2022) in Medan.
Soleman Yusuf hopes that the increase in the number of tourist visits to North Sumatra Province will have a domino effect on other sectors, one of which is the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.
"We hope that the MSME sector can take advantage of this momentum so that the impact of increasing tourist visits can be enjoyed together," he said. (VOI)