THE Government is accelerating the development of four national tourism destinations in Central Java. One of them is contained in President Decree 46 of 2017 concerning the Borobudur Tourism Authority Management Agency, which includes the Karimun Jawa region.

According to Deputy Assistant of Regional Development Infrastructure, Deputy for Infrastructure and Transportation, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Djoko Hartoyo, said in an effort to add a destination spot, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs

facilitate village aspirations related to the development of tourist spots in 20 villages around the Borobudur Temple area. The proposal has been accommodated in the ITMP (Integrated Tourism Master Plan) which has been completed and is being prepared for the Presidential Regulation.

“With the inclusion of proposals in the ITMP, it is expected that infrastructure development, such as roads and other facilities, can connect inter-spot connectivity and ultimately make it easier for tourists to reach the destination spots,” he said.

The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment also facilitates cooperation between the Village Government and Bank Rakyat Indonesia through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program to build a selfie spot on the location to Selogriyo Temple, in Candisari village, Windusari District, Magelang Regency.

“Selogriyo Temple is on the east slope of a collection of three hills, namely Bukit Condong, Bukit Giyanti, and Malang, with an altitude of 740 meters above sea level, has exotic views and is suitable for nature tourism,” he noted.

Djoko explained, this approach was carried out to distribute economic benefits in a wider area, reduce congestion in the main tourism destinations, and increase the reach of tourism product offerings. To develop the Karimun Jawa Region, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment and the Ministry of Transportation will prepare public transportation in the form of buses to serve the Dewandaru Airport and Legon Bajak Port to the Karimun Jawa City Center.

“Because the distance from the airport to the city center is quite far, reaching 22 Km and there is no public transportation, we are proposing the procurement of a bus fleet. So tourists who come can immediately continue their journey and this saves costs,” Djoko concluded. [ special]