Impact of the U-17 World Cup, Encourage Sport Tourism in Indonesia

FIFA officially appointed Indonesia as the host of the U-17 World Cup 2023 which was planned to be held in November 2023. The U-17 World Cup 2023 is planned to be held on November 10 to December 2. The U-17 World Cup was last held in 2019. In fact, this tournament is a biennial edition, but the 2021 edition was forced to be abolished because of Pandemi Covid-19. In the last edition, Brazil, who was also a successful host to become a champion. Brazil defeated Mexico with a score of 2-1 in the final. So, what is the impact on Indonesia with the holding of the World Cup U-17?

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno said, the Indonesian U-17 World Cup had a positive impact on economic and tourism movements. One of them in terms of spending or expenditure of soccer team players and supporters who came for quite a long time.

“If we look at around the spending (one person) 1,000-1,500 US dollars, then we estimate the total spending between 2-5 million US dollars from the team and their supporters,” he said in The Weekly Brief with Sandi Uno in Jakarta, Monday (13/13/ 11/2023).

However, he estimates that the overall economic movement is likely to be far higher than 2-5 million US dollars (around IDR 31-78 billion). This figure, said Sandiaga, is an estimate of the total expenditure for three days of the U17 World Cup in the underway since November 10, 2023.

For the impact on tourism, Sandiaga said that the holding of the international event was able to increase foreign tourist visits to over 20,000 visits. In addition to shopping, he explained, his party also prepared a tour package for the players. Including family, supporters, and fans.

Sandiaga also revealed that the target ahead after the U-17 World Cup was held starting November 10, December 2, 2023. Not only seeing the nominal, but he also considered that there would be an impact on human empowerment to sports products.

“We see it not from the nominal dollar but the impact on empowerment, sports products, and also sport tourism. The same is increasing the interest of young people to explore the sport of football, “he said.

Therefore, he said the impact was not only in the nominal Rupiah a week or two weeks ahead, but an investment for the long term.

November 14, 2023, Kompas & CNN Indonesia



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