The Jakarta Post
Glam camping in Mongolia. Nomadic tourism has been proposed by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya as a way to overcome the country's vast size and difficulties in building infrastructure on hard-to-reach islands. (Shutterstock/Christian Kornacker)
A Tourism National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) held from March 22 to 23 by the Tourism Ministry has led to the proposal of nomadic tourism.
Kompas.com reported that nomadic tourism is said to be a way to offer tourism in Indonesia’s amazing natural destinations without using up too much time.
On the closing day of the first 2018 meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Friday, the forum recommended the acceleration of deregulation in nomadic tourism amenities, such as seaplanes, helicopters and lifeboats.
“Nomadic tourism is easy and affordable. With interesting tourist attractions, building access and amenities is feasible by using temporary materials,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in a press release on Saturday.
The idea of nomadic tourism arose from the knowledge that Indonesia is a vast country, and that the tourism industry often finds it difficult to facilitate tourists who want to visit small islands.
Building access and amenities such as airports and hotels in groups of islands is considered very challenging.
“To build something fixed in every area, that is honestly something I won’t be able to accomplish. My proposal is that we develop nomadic tourism,” said Arief on the launch of the North Maluku Event on March 13.
He explained that nomadic tourism was temporary traveling, whether in terms of access or amenities. He expressed hope that traveling in this manner would encourage tourists to visit natural destinations on hard-to-reach islands, such as Maluku.
For instance, instead of building an airport that would take time, tourists can travel by seaplanes or planes that can land on water.
In terms of amenities, the minister said that instead of building hotels, tourists can stay in caravans, home pods or glam camps. He noted that the three options were temporary and portable.
“Building hotels in Jailolo (West Halmahera) would take five years. Caravans are available on demand, and they are easily transferable to whichever spot we choose,” he said.
Nomadic tourism is available in places such as Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Maldives. (wng)