Monday, April 30, 2012

Tourism potential to improve East Nusa Tenggara economy

The tourism sector has potential to improve and speed up the economic development in the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province, according to local Youth Forum Chairman Kristoforus Tara.

"NTT is rich in tourism potential. Almost all the 20 districts in the province have natural, cultural, religious, and marine tourism in abundance," he said here on Sunday.

Kristoforus noted that in the Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia`s Economic Development (MP3EI), NTT was in Bali-Nusa Tenggara corridor, as the gateway for tourism and national food support.

In this corridor, the main economic activities are related to three sectors: tourism, fisheries, and animal husbandry. In this context, he said that tourism must be a leading sector in economic development in East Nusa Tenggara.

"The tourism sector should be the pillar of economic development in the province, but in reality the local government is not very serious to manage it properly," Kristoforus added.

He stated that if the local government seriously and optimally managed the promising tourism potentials in the province, the economy would certainly grow well. (Antara)

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