The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is set to launch a campaign to promote 900 tourism villages (Desa Wisata) in regions across Indonesia to persuade more foreign tourists to visit.
jointly promote the tourism villages so that they can become more
popular across the globe,” said Tourism and Creative Economy Minister
Mari Elka Pangestu while visiting Tanjung Karang, a tourism village in
Labuhan Bajo sub-district, Donggala regency, Central Sulawesi, on
Saturday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
The launch of Desa Wisata was held in conjunction with Nusantara Day 2013.
to the ministry, Central Sulawesi is one of provinces blessed with
abundant maritime potentials that could be used as tourist attractions.
One of the potentials is Tanjung Karang, a charming fishing village that
has attracted many tourists. Tanjung Karang has been set as a Desa
Wisata to maximize the use of its potentials.
“The development of
Tanjung Karang as a Desa Wisata has been ongoing since 2012, although
its official launch was just held today,” said Mari in her remarks.
said Tanjung Karang village had the potential to become a popular
tourist destination because the village integrated the creative industry
“It has various culinary delights, such as grilled
fish, and hand-carved handicrafts that can generate benefits for the
local economy,” said Mari.
The Tourism and Creative Economy
Ministry will help develop facilities in Tanjung Karang village, such as
by providing more boats for tourists as well as diving equipment as it
is known for its underwater biodiversity.
Mari took the
opportunity to go around Tanjung Karang village and dived for around one
hour. “Its underwater biodiversity, such as fish and coral, is still
well-conserved,” she said. (Jakarta Post)