Published on : Thursday, February 13, 2014
The practitioner of tourism and culture in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Widi Utaminingsih stated that the tourism villages in the region should be mapped for the development of tourism.”Yogyakarta has a lot of villages with the potential to develop tourism, and therefore, they should be mapped so that the tourists are free to choose which village they want to visit,” remarked Utaminingsih, the chief of Widya Budaya Foundation.
She pointed out that every district in Yogyakarta has several tourism villages, but only a few of them have the potential to attract tourists.”The effort to map the potential tourism villages is aimed to attract as many tourists as possible,” she claimed.Further, she pointed out that the rural tourism sector, together with other tourist spots in Yogyakarta, can offer a complete tourism package to the visitor.
“Every rural tourist spot in Yogyakarta has its own culture and tradition and is blessed with natural beauty, which is unique in itself,” explained Widi.She noted that the Widya Budaya Foundation is concerned about the growth of the tourism sector and cultural development in the region.According to her, every rural tourist spot has agricultural fields, animal farms, and cultural attractions that can be developed to attract tourists.
“Ideally, a tourism village should have local elements, so that the tourists have a unique experience,” Widi stated, adding that the local character of a tourism village should be reflected in its accommodation and transportation facilities, as well as in the presentation of its historical information.She reported that the people managing the village should continue improving their services for the village to remain a tourist destination.”A tourism village should be able to provide details about the history of the village, thereby edifying the entire experience, Widi stressed.She emphasized that the tourists should be impressed during their visit to a tourism village, so that the experience remains etched in their minds and the memories linger on even after they return back home.The promotion of the tourism villages is part of the Creative Economy and Tourism Ministrys plan to develop around 561 villages in several provinces into tourist destinations during 2014.
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