Indonesia To Focus On Developing Tourism Villages

Indonesia set to focus on developing and promoting tourism villages this year, as such an alternative tourism has been proven to be able to survive during a pandemic, the country’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Sandiaga Uno, said yesterday.

A tourism village is usually described as a village designated to welcome tourists, offering experiences that combine nature, authentic cultures and local life.

Uno said, in the last two years, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of foreign tourists visiting tourism villages increased by 30 to 50 percent, particularly villages in Central Java and West Java provinces, while other tourism destinations experienced downturns.

Uno said, tourism villages had become “pandemic winners” because they mostly offered open nature spaces and not many people flocked to one area, and there were only a small group of villagers who lived there.

“Therefore, we want to make the tourism villages become our flagship programme, to boost our tourism sectors. We believe they can significantly drive our post-pandemic economic recovery,” Uno said in a written statement.

He added that, the tourism villages were small and simple destinations, but they could carry huge impacts to Indonesia’s tourism sector and support local enterprises.