Up to the end of December 2015, more than 2.6 million domestic and foreign tourists had visited all tourist attractions in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta, according to local Culture and Tourism Office spokesman Hary Sukmono.
"Until Friday night the number of tourists visiting Gunung Kidul tourist attractions exceeded 2.6 million people, with the total local revenues reaching Rp20.9 billion," Sukmono said here Saturday.
The target of tourist arrivals in Gunung Kidul district in 2016 is set to be more than 2.6 million people, and the local culture and tourism office will continue to innovate to welcome tourists who will visit the district, he noted.
The Gunung Kidul local government in Yogyakarta is making efforts to promote and develop the districts tourist spots under the framework of its tourism investment development mission, according to regional development planning board spokesman Syarief Armunanto.
"The tourism investment development mission will focus on natural tourism, village tourism, cultural tourism, and special-interest tourism," he said here some time ago.
"The local government will step up efforts to provide improved infrastructure facilities at tourist attractions in the district," Syarief stated.
Gunung Kidul had many natural tourist attractions, such as the Ngrancah waterfall in Ngleri village, along with the pristine beaches of Gesing, Ngrenehan, Ngobaran, and Baron, in addition to Krakal, Sunduk, Watu Lawang, Drini, and Sepanjang, he noted.
"In 2016, we are going to build and renovate various supporting infrastructure facilities such as souvenir shops and restaurants," Syarief said, and added that the district had many interesting tourist villages as well.
Some of the popular tourist villages of Gunung Kidul are Putat, Nglanggeran, Bendung, and Ngeposari, apart from Beji, Bleberan, Umbulrejo, and Kemadang.
"In a bid to develop these tourist villages, officials from the Gunung Kidul Culture and Tourism office will provide English and tourism management training lessons to the villagers," Syarief explained. (Antara)