Indonesia seeks help from WB to draft tourism master plans
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia is seeking help from the World Bank to create a number of master plans on new tourist destinations being promoted by the government.
The bank has completed three of the 10 master plans for the National Tourism Strategic Areas (KSPN), namely Raja Ampat in Papua, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara and Lake Toba in North Sumatra, while seven others are in the process of being completed.
Head of the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s center for strategic areas development Hadi Sucahyono said in Jakarta on Thursday that Indonesia had to spend some US$16 billion to develop infrastructure and tourism facilities in each destination.Read also: Tourism to Komodo Island must be controlled: Official
“Each package costs $16 billion. It is handled by the Public Works and Housing Ministry and the Tourism Ministry, [the latter being] responsible for the development of entertainment and handicraft centers,” Hadi said as reported by tribunnews.com.
He said the government also invited participation from domestic and foreign investors to develop the areas.
The other seven new destinations are Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tengggara, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung, Borobudur and Karimunjawa in Central Java, Anambas in Riau Islands and Mandeh in West Sumatra. (bbn)
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