THE Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy considers voluntourism as a new tourism trend that has the potential to support the development of tourist destinations in Indonesia.

According to Deputy for Tourism Products and Events Organizers, Rizki Handayani, said that in the future the tourism trend is not just taking a leisurely walk, but tourism that contributes or benefits to tourist destinations visited by tourists.

“So, now the trend is for young people to come as voluntourism in order to create a sense of concern for the nature and culture of Indonesia’s tourist destinations. Voluntourism means responsible tourists, by doing tourism activities while volunteering. This is a form of activity in supporting the development of tourist destinations,” Rizki said.

She gave an example, in Sumba there is a voluntourism that creates the shoes for Sumba movement which aims to provide shoes for local Sumba people. Another form of voluntourism is teaching science to children in a destination, for example by teaching them the movement of picking up trash.

“This shows that when we are traveling or traveling, we can also protect the environment around these tourist destinations,” Rizki noted.

Voluntourism is also considered closely related to the application of health protocols based on cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental sustainability (CHSE). So, voluntourism can increase the confidence of tourists who want to visit a tourist destination.

“In addition, to restore public confidence and indicate that Indonesia really cares about the cleanliness, health and safety of tourists, the government through the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has launched I DO CARE or Indonesia Care which is a campaign in which there are guidelines for health protocols in various sectors. tourism and creative economy. So that the tourism sector and the creative economy can revive,” she pointed out.

Rizki added that Indonesia as a country that has many ethnicities and languages ​​has created a variety of cultures that have succeeded in attracting tourists. So, I see that tourism is not just seeing the landscape of the natural scenery but tourism is learning from the people. What is built and what is preserved is not only the natural world, but the most valuable artifacts are the Indonesian people. []