Pursuing development of super priority destination Lake Toba - Tourism Indonesia




Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Pursuing development of super priority destination Lake Toba


Hundreds of students performed a traditional Batak dance called Tari Cawan in the opening ceremony of the Lake Toba Festival in Balige, Toba Samosir, North Sumatra, Wednesday (17/9). The festival, which runs until September 21, features a number of traditional Batak cultural and cultural competitions. ANTARA FOTO/Edy Regar/IM/pras/14

Tourism is one of the foremost sectors to have been dealt a major blow from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a bid to steer clear from constantly regretting the situation, the government instead views the COVID-19 pandemic as a momentum to prepare the sector to rise by conducting extensive developments and bringing about improvements.

As one of the super priority tourism destinations (DPSP), the development of supporting facilities for the Lake Toba area is also being pursued since in comparison with other super priority tourism destinations, such as Borobudur, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, and Likupang, Lake Toba is still in need of supporting infrastructure development.

Expediting development of the Lake Toba area is also an unwavering commitment of Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who is the son of the Toba Samosir area.

Pandjaitan continues to monitor and support the development of Lake Toba. Every few months, the minister diligently visits Lake Toba to witness up close the progress in development of the lake area formed by the eruption of the supervolcano tens of thousands of years ago.

During his last visit, continued progress was apparent in several development projects, such as the construction of the Porsea Pier and the Balige 3 Vocational High School (SMKN), which is a tourism vocational school to support and develop Lake Toba.

The other projects comprise the Balige Pier and Lintong Ni Huta Tourism Village and arrangement of the Bebas Parapat beach area. Positive progress was also apparent in the Creative Hub candidate in Dolok Sipiak as well as the road rehabilitation work at Pesanggrahan Soekarno. The construction at Ajibata Port and Ambarita Port is also progressing, and expected to become operational by September.

Meanwhile, the project in Tano Ponggol will continue to be accelerated, under which an elevated bridge will be built to connect Samosir Island with Sumatra Island.

The National Tourism Strategic Area of Lake Toba in North Sumatra. (ANTARA/HO- The Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Ministry).

The Tebing Tinggi-Serbelawan toll road, North Sumatra, which connects Kualanamu to Parapat, one of the accesses to Lake Toba, will be able to cut travel time to one and to two-and-a-half hours.

According to the plan, the toll road, which will be opened at the end of December 2021, will connect to Pematang Siantar. Meanwhile, the plan to build the Parapat and Sibolga lines is expected to be completed in 2024. (Antara)

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