MAGELANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno has visited Candirejo Tourism Village in Magelang, Central Java, on Friday (06/04/2021).
Sandiaga's visit is part of a series of socialization events for the 2021 Indonesian Tourism Village Award (ADWI) run by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.
Sandiaga Uno said Candirejo was chosen because this tourist village is rich in tourism potential and natural resources, with a combination of the Menoreh mountain landscape and rural atmosphere.
In addition, Candirejo is the first village to be designated as a tourist village in Magelang Regency, and has also received an award and certification from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy for its achievements as a sustainable tourism village.
"With this socialization, it is hoped that it can provide a reference and motivation for other villages in Indonesia to develop tourist villages as a driving force for the community's economy, creating job opportunities," Sandiaga said.
He revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to adapt by adopting new skills. And tourist villages are a mainstay for the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to boost tourism that is local or has a direct impact on the community.
Furthermore, Sandiaga hopes that through this socialization, many tourist villages will participate in the 2021 ADWI event. The success of Candirejo Tourism Village is also expected to be an inspiration for other villages in Indonesia in developing villages and becoming a driving force for the community's economy through tourist villages.
"We hope that Central Java Province will include world-class tourist villages such as Karangrejo, Candirejo, and several other tourist villages to participate in ADWI. We hope that up to 500 tourist villages will take part in this," Sandiaga said.
"For us, the revival of tourism is starting from tourist villages, and we want tourist villages to be present to open up business opportunities, economic opportunities, and create jobs," said Sandiaga.
On the same occasion, the Head of the Youth, Sports and Tourism Office of Central Java Province Sinoeng Rachmadi said that tourism villages had become one of the programs run by the Central Java Provincial Government together with the Regency Government in the last two years.
This, he added, is shown by the alignment in the budget that supports the development of tourist villages in Central Java.
The Central Java Provincial Government has prepared funding support for the development of three types of tourist villages, namely pilot tourism villages with funding support of IDR100 million, developing tourist villages with support of IDR500 million, and independent tourism villages with support of IDR1 billion.
"This means that we also welcome the policy of Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga to support the development of tourist villages. With this support, it is hoped that tourist villages will continue to develop in Central Java," Sinoeng said.
Sinoeng explained that in accordance with the Central Java Province's medium-term development plan, it is targeted that 500 tourist villages will be developed in Central Java by the end of 2023.
"Currently, there are around 150 pilot tourism villages, 200 developing tourism villages, and 20 developed tourism villages in Central Java. We hope that developing tourism villages will become developed tourism villages, pilot tourism villages will become developing tourism villages, and more pilot villages will emerge," he said.
Also present were Candirejo Tourism Village, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Destination Management Director Indra Ni Tua, Director of the Borobudur Authority Agency Indah Juanita, celebrity and influencer Ananda Omesh, and singer Mitty Zasia.