THE development of the tourism sector in various regions is expected not to privilege certain regions because various regions of the archipelago are famous for having the charm of abundant natural wealth.

“Indonesia has the charm of natural wealth that is so broad not only in one place, so that the government must be fair not just take sides,” said Member of the House of Representatives Commission V Hasan Basri in Jakarta.

According to him, if the development of the tourism sector is not applied fairly and evenly then in the future it can also cause various gaps that can be prolonged.

“Examples of existing forms of inequality include the pouring of large funds into certain tourism areas but not to other locations. In fact, other locations could also have good tourism potential that is also not inferior to tourism areas in different places,” he said

Meanwhile Unika transportation observer Soegijapranata Djoko Setijowarno asked the government to strengthen public transportation access to various tourism locations to increase the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia.

“Weakness towards tourist access in Indonesia is the very lack of public transportation facilities. Travelers have to bring private vehicles which ultimately lead to traffic jams, and business operators managing tourist destinations must provide ample parking,” said Djoko Setijowarno.

Djoko said, in a number of countries, public transportation to tourist destinations there are several options such as trains, buses, or taxis. It is time to improve road infrastructure can be accompanied by the arrangement of public transportation facilities to tourist sites.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Highways of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Works stated that it supports the priority national tourism area (KSPN) through the provision of a national road network.

During 2015 to 2019, new and additional road construction activities were carried out to support six of the 10 leading KSPNs, namely Lake Toba, Borobodur, Labuan Bajo, Tanjung Kelayang, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru, and Morotai.

Previously, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy said it would continue to develop digital tourism (digital tourism) to attract tourists, including foreigners, on holiday to Indonesia.

“For the development of the market, digital tourism will be developed in attracting foreign tourists by adjusting the interests and profiles of tourist targets with products and destinations that they want to market,” said Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo.

Angela said the effectiveness of the promotion would also be increased in each destination country by holding a familirization trip by social media influencers. Furthermore, cooperation is possible with an online traveler platform that already has a large market share. [antaranews/photo special]