Becoming a Strategic Sector, Tourism Needs Competent Human Resources

[unpad.ac.id, 20/5/2019] Human resources is an important factor in developing the tourism sector. Universities also have a strategic part in supporting the development of tourism in Indonesia.

Tourism human resources basic training held through partnership between the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Universitas Padjadjaran in Grha Sanusi Harjadinata Unpad, Dipati Ukur street No. 35, Bandung, Monday (20/5). (Photo: Tedi Yusup)

“The momentum of change starts from campus. ‘Trend’ comes from campus. Great ideas are in campus,” spoke the Head of the West Java Government Tourism Office, Dedi Taufik in tourism human resources basic training in Grha Sanusi Harjadinata Unpad, Dipati Ukur street No. 35, Bandung, Monday (20/5).

In developing tourism, Dedi hopes there will be a synergy with various parties. Synergy with universities can lead to exchanging ideas to develop tourism, one of them by the formation of sustainable tourism roadmap.

The tourism human resources training is held by partnership between the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Universitas Padjadjaran. Other than Dedi, the event also invited the Dean of Unpad Faculty of Economics and Business Yudi Azis, Ph.D., lecturer from Bandung College of Tourism Dr. Mohammad Liga Suryadana, M.Si, and Head of Ecotourism Division of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, Gunawan Wimabwa, Sh, MM.

In his greetings, Vice Rector of Academics and Student Affairs, Dr. Arry Bainus, M.A. said that the activity is considered very strategic considering that the tourism sector can be the backbone of Indonesia’s economy.

Furthermore, Arry said, the development of tourism human resources must be seriously handled. Indonesia has very good tourism destinations, it must be balanced with competent human resources.

“It’s of no use if we have great tourism destination but it is not handled by competent human resources, we won’t have a decent [tourism sector],” said Arry.

Dr. Arry also associated it with the Pentahelix approach. According to him, tourism human resources is everywhere, including academics, business owners, the government, the public, and the media.

Report by Artanti Hendriyana/am
Translated by Dinda Ayu Maharani