Bali Arts Festival. ©AFP PHOTO/Sonny Tumbelaka

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu asked tourist villages in Indonesia to continue the process to face competition in the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) “We are ready to compete, it’s just a matter of how to apply standards in tourist villages. Currently, homestay and culinary are already apply ASEAN standards,” said Mari Elka Pangestu in Karangasem, Bali, Saturday (27/9).

In addition to implementing standards, tourist villages must be developed using a network system with information and communication technology. With this network, domestic and foreign tourists can get information as well as book a place.

Mari said that tourism villages were also promoted through various thematic marketing communities. For example, there are communities with rural, beach and cultural themes.

“To attract tourists, tour packages that are integrated with other parties, for example, transportation, travel agencies and others are needed. That way, tourists can easily go to tourist villages,” he said.

Mari Elka Pangestu was at the Pakraman Jasri Tourism Village, Karangasem Regency, Bali to present the 2014 Tourism Village Award. Pakraman Jasri Village was the first rank in the previous award.

The first place in the 2014 Tourism Village Award was won by Dieng Kulon Village, Banjarnegara Regency, Central Java, which beat its competitor Panglipuran Village, Bangli Regency, Bali. The award was given to villages that received the National Community Empowerment Program (PNPM) Mandiri Tourism in the form of social assistance.

PNPM Mandiri Tourism in 2009 was followed by 104 villages, 2010 followed by 200 villages, 2011 followed by 569 villages, 2012 followed by 978 villages, 2013 followed by 980 villages and 2014 has realized 45 villages. The Tourism Village Award is given to motivate the community to improve the quality of the tourist village that is built.

Source: independent