STRENGHTENING tourist destinations through the implementation of Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) is considered to have the potential to encourage the realization of sustainable tourism.

According to the Managing Director of the Labuan Bajo Flores Tourism Authority (BOPLBF) Shana Fatina in a statement received in Jakarta, said that discipline towards clean and healthy living habits is one of the bases for sustainable tourism.

“This pandemic must be the peak of our awareness to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Talking about tourism cannot be separated from talking about a clean and healthy lifestyle. Beauty, safety, and environmental sustainability will automatically be realized and this is the main asset for the continuation of our tourism,” Shana said.

She believes that this will drive the realization of sustainable tourism. Therefore, his party continues the activation series of the BISA (Clean, Beautiful, Healthy, Safe) movement which is a labor-intensive activity as an effort to restore the tourism sector in tourist destinations, one of which is in Ogi Waterfall, Ngada-Bajawa Regency, NTT, on 17- 18 September 2020.

The event was attended by a number of officials from the local government and 100 participants from residents living around the destination.

Shana Fatina said that long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the war against waste, especially plastic waste was being carried out globally, including by the people of Flores.

Shana emphasized that the existence of Bajawa is one of the cultural tourism assets of NTT. The presence of a cultural museum in the form of traditional ancestral villages in the Jerebu’u Valley is also an integral part of cultural and historical destinations that need to be maintained.

“With the character of Bajawa tourism that involves the community directly, the implementation of the CHSE protocol should become a lifestyle that must be implemented in a disciplined manner. That way, it can guarantee the safety and security of the public and tourists who come to visit,” Shana noted.

Meanwhile Assistant 2 of the Ngada Regent for Development, Hironimus Reba, said that labor-intensive activities such as the BISA Movement should be a momentum for people to rise from the downturn in various sectors, especially the tourism sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For approximately 6 months since the pandemic, the wheels of our tourism economy have stopped turning. All sectors have been affected. This is the momentum of our awakening,” said Hironimus.

Hironimus also emphasized that the BISA movement must start from ourselves and must become the lifestyle of the community. The sustainability of an environment that is cared for with a clean and healthy community lifestyle will certainly have an impact on the sustainability of regional tourism.

Labor-intensive activities The BISA Movement was enlivened by the Ja’i dance from Sanggar Ngada Mana which opened labor-intensive activities in the form of joint activities cleaning the local environment and planting trees at the Ogi Waterfall tourist site.

On this occasion, BOPLBF symbolically handed over health protocol equipment, such as thermoguns, masks, manuals, and symbolically planted tree seedlings. Located at the foot of Mount Inerie, Ngada Regency is famous for its coolness and typical arak drink, known as moke in the local language.

Ngada Regency also has several favorite tourist destinations for tourists besides Ogi Waterfall, Manulalu Park, Wolobobo Mountain, Jerebu’u Valley which is a cultural museum of Ngada Regency which consists of Traditional Villages such as Kampung Bena, Gurusina, and Tololela. [antaranews/photo special]