INDONESIA’S Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy mentioned that the beauty of the tourist destinations of Dusun Butuh, Kaliangkrik, Magelang, Central Java, is no less beautiful than the Himalayas, which in recent times have even been known as Nepal Van Java.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno said that Dusun Butuh has the contours and location of the residential areas piled on the slopes of a mountain with an uneven topography that is almost similar to the area in the Himalayas, Nepal.

Minister Sandiaga Uno during his working visit to Dusun Butuh, Saturday (3/4) admitted that his decision to stay overnight in the hamlet at the foot of Mount Sumbing was sudden. He, who was originally scheduled to stay in Magelang City, wanted to stay in a tourist village which is a supporting destination for Borobudur Temple which is included in one of the 5 Super Priority Destinations (SPD).

“So yesterday I was directed to stay overnight in the city of Magelang. But I had an appointment to stay at a tourist village. As soon as I wake up in the morning I don’t regret staying here because the view is epic, what we feel is a majestic atmosphere, a very exotic atmosphere. And this is the first experience in my life staying in a tourist village,” he said.

Sandiaga Uno also appreciates the people in Dusun Butuh who provide good service or hospitality to tourists who come. Kemenparekraf will encourage the development of not only human resources, but attractions, accessibility, and amenities as well as capital for business players in Kaliangkrik.

He said that the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy would be present and to provide assistance and knowledge sharing so that HR in Dusun Butuh would be more superior and competitive. Second, from the marketing side, Nepal Van Java already has strong branding, however, it must also be supported in terms of attractions, accessibility and amenities. So do not let tourists who come and see, then take photos and go home, so that the multiplier effect for the community is less pronounced.

“In terms of road infrastructure here, it needs to be repaired, drainage renewed so that the economy in this village can move. Then in terms of attractions, it needs to be developed again based on nature and culture, extraordinary views. The three amenities, Griya Need is a good example and other homestays need to be followed to need to be improved,” he stated.

Then, Sandiaga continued, the destination was promoted, either on own media or on paid media. And finally with regard to capital, business players are given the convenience of being able to get efficient access to capital at affordable interest rates, from which it is hoped that tourism will be realized that provides benefits to the community.

He explained that this pandemic has made the tourism trend change. The tourism segmentation in the future mentioned will be more personalize, customize, localize and smaller in size.

“This pandemic has brought us to transform, moving tourism trends, which used to be in droves and mass, now the approach is more open nature and tourism based on nature and culture and needs to be developed as sustainable tourism. This is in accordance with the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), the Ministry of Tourism is targeting as many as 244 certified tourist villages to become independent tourism villages by 2024,” he noted.

Finally, regarding the ban on going home this year which limits the movement of the community, Sandiaga reminded all parties, especially law enforcement officers, to oversee the implementation of strict and disciplined health protocols.

“Even so, through the micro-scale Community Activity Restriction (PPKM) scheme, local people can still go on vacation. Local tourism objects are still open to encourage the recovery of the tourism & creative economy sector by implementing strict and disciplined protocols,” he concluded. []