Sanur and Nusa Dua among Locations of Community-Based Tourism Pilot Project

DENPASAR ~

Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy determined some locations or tourism objects in Indonesia to be used as pilot project for community-based sustainable tourism development. In Bali, there are three locations that has been chosen by the Ministry, the three locations are Mertasari Beach in Sanur, Pandawa Beach and Nusa Dua.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu said that this program is made to find out the involvement of the community on tourism and the benefit they gained from tourism sector.

“We absorb the needs of the community, their involvement and the benefits for community. So the whole plan actually comes from below, from the people. So the community plan it, propose and then adjust to national planning,” she said.

According to Mari, the three locations in Bali are chosen as the pilot project from 11 other locations that have the same potential.

These three tourist sites in Bali will be an example for other Indonesian tourism related to community-based tourism development.

“We want to develop a tourism development planning and synergize with national tourism development plan. That’s why it is important for me to meet heads of regions both governors and regents in which the program is implemented,” she said in Denpasar, Bali, on Monday.

The step is a joint effort toward the real sustainable tourism. The implementation is based on the community input and what they want so as not to damage the environment,” she said.

Until now, Mari added, those tourism development in Bali has entered further discussion stage with provincial government of Bali and regencies / city government to agree on what to do and who to implement.

“Later, we fix the destinations comprehensively, not only the infrastructure but also human resources and tourism industry, standardization of business and workers in the tourism sector as well as better promotion,” said Mari Elka.

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