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Indonesia wants to be next hot spot for shoppers, foodies

The Indonesian government says it is developing a special-interest tourism program to promote the nation’s unique shopping and culinary assets overseas.

According to Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu, the ministry was currently surveying the nation with the Indonesian Tourism Board (BPPI) to identify culinary and consumer attractions that could be promoted to tourists.

"We are doing the survey and we hope to get the results as soon as possible. We have so much homework in the tourism sector that we have to do," she told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Indonesia Tourism Dialogue on 17 February.