Homestay program in national parks seeks to support local economy
The Jakarta Post
The homestay program supported by the Environment and Forestry Ministry is currently underway in seven national parks across Indonesia.
As ownership will be designated for the locals, the ministry is also providing a special loan program to make it happen.
“The homestays will be run by the locals so that it will help the local economy and preserve the national park itself,” said Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar on Friday.
“But the number of [homestays] needs to be limited so that it won’t disturb the ecosystem; resulting in waste pollution,” added Siti.
The Wakatobi National Park in Southeast Sulawesi will be one of the locations to adopt the homestay program.
Wakatobi is one of the Tourism Ministry’s 10 priority destinations and has been attracting many domestic and foreign tourists.
The regency aims to attract 500,000 foreign tourists by 2019. (kes)
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