INDONESIA’S Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno said that tourist villages are a symbol of Indonesia’s economic revival because its development will have a positive impact on the welfare of the local community.

“Tourism trends have now been seen, that tourist villages are the future of Indonesian tourism and a symbol of our economic revival,” he said when opening the Virtual Bimtek & Online Workshop on the 2021 Indonesian Tourism Village Award (ADWI) Zone B, Friday (7/16)

According to Sandiaga, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will fully support the development of tourist villages because they can create jobs and provide economic benefits for the community in the midst of a pandemic.

“We will go all out at the Tourism Ministry to encourage tourist villages because we believe this will open up the widest possible employment opportunities and will be impartial, fair to the lower middle-class people who need economic benefits that are now really needed in the midst of a pandemic,” he said.

He also reminded the important role of all stakeholders to be able to collaborate in the 3C framework, namely Competence, Commitment and Champions. As well as presenting programs that are right on target, right on benefits and on time.

Sandiaga added that he would accelerate the development of the potential of tourist villages in line with collaboration with the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Areas, and Transmigration and other ministries/institutions.

“So, we can realize a prosperous, just and prosperous Indonesia. It is not Indonesia that builds villages, but villages that build Indonesia. This is our joint effort to preserve the cultural potential and values ​​of local wisdom,” he concluded. [ special]