Tourism and Wealthy

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The connection between tourism and community wealthiness is getting understood by the Indonesian government. Tourism is now become one of the main sector to achieve the better economic condition for the people by reducing the number of people in poverty and giving more opportunities to work and having the business on the tourism area. This concept is main reason of Kementrian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Menkokesra), The Ministry of Community Wealthiness Indonesia, conducted the internal discussion in Mutiara Hotel, Jl. Maliboro at Saturday September 25th, 2010.

In the discussion, Dr.M. Baiquni, MA, the director of Center for Tourism Studies gave the speech about the importance of searching the opportunities in the annually, monthly, and weekly event for tourism policy. He mentioned that basically tourism is about the image selling and time selling. When the image is fit to the time, the tourism activities will get benefit and give more additional advantage for the people. In case of Yogyakarta, more tourist visit Jogja in the graduation time, furthermore it become the peak season for Jogja which is indicated by the full booking of hotel, travel agent and family class restaurant. In addition, he pointed out about the annual event such as ‘mudik’, which is motivated by the Islam views on visiting parents and family. It makes more than 70% of the Indonesian population moves from their origin place to their families. Finally, he concluded that in order to have the better policy for achieving tourism development, the government need to pay attention on the domestic phenomenon in the society.

Another speaker explained in the discussion was Ms. Herni Pramesti, Director of Badan Pelestarian Peninggalan Purbakala (BP3), Heritage Conservation Board of the Jogjakarta Province. She mainly focused on the Heritage conservation management under its job description. There were several challenges in conserving, protecting, and maintaining the heritage sites in Yogyakarta, such as: conflict of interests between stakeholders, lack of human resources to manage the heritage, and many other challenges. In addition, she believed that working for conserving the heritage is not easy but need high effort and commitment from all stakeholders. *) er

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