Tourism Village Must Have Unique Local Character
A tourism village must have a distinct local character, according to Yogyakarta Widya Budaya Foundation chairperson Widi Utaminingsih.
“Ideally a tourism village should have a typical local character so the tourists visiting the village can have a new experience,” she said here.
“The local character of a tourism village should be reflected in its accommodation and transportation facilities, as well as presentation of historical information,” Utaminingsih stated.
For a village to remain a tourist destination, she added, its management should maximise its potential by always striving to provide tourists with improved services.
“A tourism village should also offer educational value, so efforts should be made to help tourists gain insights into it,” Utaminingsih continued.
“Tourists must be impressed during their visit to the tourism village so the experience remains etched in their memory long after they return to their respective countries of origin,” she said.
Utaminingsih noted the rising number of foreign visitors in the tourism villages of Yogyakarta, pointing out the distinct local flavour of each of these villages.
Popular tourism villages in Yogyakarta are, among others, Bejiharjo (Gunungkidul district), Kembangarum and Pentingsari (Sleman), Banjaroya (Kulonprogo), Kasongan and Imogiri (Bantul), and Dipowinatan (Yogyakarta city).