THE Super Priority Destination Area (DSP) Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, is projected as a nature and culture-based tourism destination. It aims to improve the performance of the tourism sector and the creative economy in Labuan Bajo as one of the five DSP regions in Indonesia.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, said that the development of tourism based on nature, culture and religion was proposed by representatives from the Ruteng Diocese.

“Earlier, Bishop Ruteng entrusted the development of cultural and religious tourism, because here it turns out that there are several sites that are part of the natural exploration of educational tourism, so that in the future development will be collaborated with the Ruteng Diocese. In the future, this will become one of the points of tourism development in NTT, especially in Labuan Bajo, in line with the development of tourism based on local nature and culture,” he said.

He added that sports tourism, outdoor and cultural-based tourism and educational tours are among the things we prepare so that Labuan Bajo becomes a world-class destination. And because next year there will be a G-20 Summit and the following year there is an ASEAN Summit, we must fill it with a calendar of events so that Labuan Bajo will be much better prepared.

In addition, Sandiaga revealed that his party would invite the Labuan Bajo people to participate in developing and preparing various tourism potentials in the city located in West Manggarai Regency. He also appealed to tourism and creative economy actors as well as community members in Labuan Bajo to comply with the K4 health protocol (Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability) or CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability).

“If we comply with health protocols and we focus and prioritize on health management, Labuan Bajo can be a destination that is most ready to recover when tourism and the creative economy starts to grow again,” Sandiaga noted.

He emphasized that in the next year we can complete some homework in terms of infrastructure readiness, interconnection, tourism products, calendar of events, and support for community activities so that tourism and the creative economy is more inclusive, more community-involved, sustainable, and just. []