Marriott International has struck a wide-ranging partnership to develop tourism in Indonesia that will include destination and tourism marketing and the development of talent and human resource competencies in the sector.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will also embrace the field of creative economic development over a three-year period.
Ramesh Jackson, Indonesia area vice president for Marriot International, said the hotel group is committed to supporting Indonesian tourism.
"Collectively we aim to improve the experience for travellers to get closer to the beauty of Indonesia, its natural wonders, its rich history, and its people," he said.
Indonesia’s minister of tourism and the creative economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, said the MOU was a concrete step towards a commitment between the public and private sector, “in line with President Joko Widodo's instructions to develop more inclusive tourism”.
As part of the partnership, Marriott International will provide opportunities for students or graduates of six tourism schools in Indonesia to obtain practical experiences and training within the company's portfolio of hotels and resorts.
Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, said, "In addition to supporting each other through various events it is our hope that this collaboration will increase human resource competencies in the Indonesian tourism sector.”