Minister Sandiaga Uno Addresses Indonesia’s Aspiring Graduates on the Future of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, EnglishScore hosted an online workshop for young Indonesians preparing to enter the Hospitality and Tourism sector. The event focussed on the “Career Challenges and Opportunities for Young People in the Hospitality Industry post-Covid”.

We were honoured to host Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, who delivered the opening address, highlighting the need for reskilling and upskilling as well as continued collaborations between the public and private sectors.


Minister Uno gave an impassioned speech to the thousands of students and young people in attendance, drawing on his wealth of experience in building and creating jobs in the MSME sector and deep understanding of the inner workings of the hospitality and tourism industry.

Minister Sandiaga Uno said:

“The Ministry has formulated and implemented programmes and activities for reskilling and upskilling those in human resources and tourism. Collaborations between the public and private sectors further accelerate the recovery and make sure no one is left behind. In this regard, I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to British Council EnglishScore for their assistance to our tourism polytechnics.”

The workshop addressed current trends and technologies impacting the hospitality and tourism industry and featured expert insights from a panel including Mr. Nyoman Widiana, HR Director, Capella Ubud Hotel & Resorts Bali, Mr. Benedict Jodie, General Manager, Sheraton Lampung Hotel and Mr John Safenson, VP of Market Management, Accommodation, Traveloka. 

During the session, panellists shared their advice on how educators and trainers can help prepare graduates for jobs in these industries post-pandemic. The discussions centred on the importance of communication and digital skills and English proficiency and how innovation will play a central role as the industry builds resilience in the post-Covid era. See Media Indonesia’s coverage of the event here.

Tony Gunawan, Indonesia Country Manager at EnglishScore said:

“We were privileged to have the honourable Minister Sandiaga Uno deliver a passionate and informative address to a collection of students from EnglishScore’s Approved Partner Universities. 

Tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors in the world, however, it is also one of the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful to the panel of industry experts for joining and sharing their insight and learnings from the past couple of years, along with their advice for graduating students looking to enter the sector.”

We’re now selecting universities to join our Approved Partner Programme. This exclusive programme grants education institutions the ability to issue British Council certificates to their students, helping with employment opportunities into growing sectors such as Hospitality and Tourism. To watch the full webinar, click the button below.