THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy supports the development of the Likupang Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North Sulawesi under the concept of a Regenerative Tourism Area or Regenerative Tourism Area that considers sustainability

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno in the Weekly Press Briefing at the Sapta Pesona Building, Jakarta, Monday (9/11), 2023, explained that the Likupang SEZ was established through Government Regulation Number 84 of 2019 on 6 December 2019 which is expected to become center of regional economic growth.

“The Likupang SEZ cannot be separated from the role of the regional government. Regenerative tourism is a new era tourism concept, which not only preserves the environment but also contributes positively to climate change issues and also issues of changes in carbon emissions,” he said.

Sandiaga explained that the concept of developing the Likupang SEZ is quite different from other SEZs, namely regenerative tourism which considers environmental and social sustainability. The Likupang SEZ needs support from all parties, we must ensure that President Joko Widodo’s 5 Priority Destinations program is successful and we will encourage regenerative tourism which will have a positive impact not only on the environment but also on the surrounding community.

Meanwhile, Operational Director of PT Minahasa Permai Resort Development as BUPP Likupang SEZ, Paquita Widjaja explained that Likupang has its own character. Indonesia has a very large territory with thousands of islands spread from Sabang to Merauke. Likewise, its natural wealth is very abundant. Indonesia’s geographical and astronomical location also influences the richness of the fauna that inhabits Indonesia’s homeland.

“Indonesia is almost all beautiful in terms of nature and culture. What differentiates us in North Minahasa is that we are not only on the Wallace line but also in the heart of the Coral Triangle, with the unique biodiversity of this region. That is the advantage of Likupang SEZ,” he noted.

Likewise, North Minahasa Regent Joune J.E. Ganda said that the regional government continues to support the development of the Likupang SEZ, which currently has built road facilities from the airport to the first segment of the Likupang SEZ. The second segment will be funded by APBD (Regional Revenue and Expenditure Budget) from the North Minahasa Regency Government with a length of 1.7 kilometers,” he concluded. []