The Jakarta Post
A resident of Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara, spreads out cassava to dry under the sun. Seven tourist villages, including one in East Nusa Tenggara, were honored with the 2017 Tourist Village Award on May 13 to 14. (Courtesy of Hivos/File)
Seven tourist villages were recognized with the 2017 Tourist Village Award on May 13 to 14.
Presented by Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Eko Putro Sandjojo, the award was part of Expo BUMDes Nusantara 2017 held in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra.
The seven winning villages were divided into two categories: the business network category (Tamansari in Banyuwangi, Pujon Kidul in Malang and Seigentung in Gunung Kidul) and the culture category (Ubud in Bali, Teluk Meranti Lalawan in Riau, an ecotourist village in East Nusa Tenggara's Ende regency, and Bontagula Bontang in East Kalimantan).
The judging criteria was based on how the villages managed their funding and improved their local economy.
Eko said that up to 11,000 villages had been lifted from disadvantaged to developing status and that 7,000 villages reached developed status. The numbers surpassed the 2019 Long-Medium Term National Development (RPJM) target of having 5,000 and 2,000 villages reach the developing and developed status, respectively. (kes)