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Good morning, Ladies and gentlemen
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Sarah Hawun Ratuharati of SMAN 17 Surabaya. I would like to deliver my speech about tourism and economy.
As some of you might have known, there is a plan to integrate regional economy between the members of ASEAN, or Associations of South East Asian Nations. All of these countries, including Indonesia will soon cooperate to maintain each other’s financial stability. Then shall come a community with the name of The ASEAN Economic Community or simply called AEC. That shall be a right movement to strengthen the ASEAN economy even further.
Some of you might wonder, what is this AEC? And how does this have something to do with Indonesia? So, I will explain it to you. Indonesia buys products by importing from another country of ASEAN and exports the national products to be sold to another countries. Every time we sell things by using a foreign currency, we receive money, which will eventually go into the country’s savings. The savings, if used correctly, will bring prosperity to the country.
Off course, our country has another source of income and doesn't just exports mines and spices. Indonesia is known for its pulchritude of its nature and its cultural diversity, which will attract curious people to go to our country. We can use this as an advantage to strengthen our position in AEC. Tourism, everybody! the answer is tourism.
Let's take Bali as an example. Bali is the most famous tourist destination in Indonesia. And not just beaches, we still have mountains, lakes, parks, waterfalls, everything the nature has given to us. To us, to our motherland. But, we still have to broaden our knowledge about the places we could use as a tourist destination. From then, we can gain profits from the tourism activity. Thus, tourism will empower and also prepares this country in facing the future economic community. If more tourists come to the country and they are charged by tax, it will increase the country's income and the tax will be the profit. Then, the country's savings can be used to manage the national infrastructure.
See, our country doesn’t have to be an autarky. It's perfectly ok to compete in financial matters, as long as it's healthy. And every time there is an activity that involves exporting and importing, we unconsciously has built trust. So, we cooperate to achieve a similar goal. While we export goods, they come to our country in return. It's a symbiotic relationship. And tourism is the key.
Tourism is useful in many aspects. Other than the greens, tourism can be used to broaden knowledge of the tourist so that they will be more familiar with our culture. As you might have known, culture also attracts foreigners.