KOMPAS.com – The province of Bali has been dubbed as a destination most prepared to promote village tourism in Indonesia, according to an assessment by Deputy Minister Budi Arie Setiadi of Indonesia’s Ministry of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration.
The reason for Bali’s potential to spearhead Indonesia’s village tourism was due to the locals’ preparedness and support for this new type of recreation.
Budi was certain of Bali as the choice after visiting four areas of the island namely Gianyar, Badung, Nusa Penida, and Karangasem.
During his visit, he found that all four destinations have something unique to offer to tourists and to contribute to future village tourism plans.
“I witnessed firsthand how the villages there genuinely respect their cultural heritage and the potential of harnessing this culture to attract domestic and foreign travelers.”
The deputy minister said that Indonesia must establish a human-oriented approach in developing its village tourism sector, especially because support from local societies is at the core of this plan’s success.
“Locals of these villages are the forefront of the development and growth of their respective villages.”
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