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Known as the symbol of the capital city, the Heroes Monument is dedicated to soldiers who passed away during the Battle of Surabaya on November 10, 1945. The East Java capital was named the best tourism city at the 2018 Yokatta Wonderful Indonesia Tourism Awards. (Shutterstock/File)
East Java capital Surabaya topped the list of the 10 best cities in tourism at the 2018 Yokatta Wonderful Indonesia Tourism Awards.
As reported by kompas.com, Surabaya ranked highest in its commitment, performance, innovation, creation and leadership in building regional tourism.
"Seen from the scoring, in terms of size and growth, Surabaya scored the highest. Its performance is marked at 40 percent," Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said, as quoted by Kompas.com.
Arief explained that numerous factors had been taken into scoring consideration, including indicators consisting of tourist business performance (accommodation and food and beverage): gross regional domestic product and work force, as well as impact/outcome (in reference to Central Statistics Agency [BPS] data), Indonesian Tourism Index, Indonesia's Attractiveness Award and international and national awards.
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The 2018 Yokatta Wonderful Indonesia Tourism Awards named 10 best cities, which in addition to Surabaya were Denpasar, Bandung, Semarang, Batam, Yogyakarta, Padang, Makassar, Balikpapan and Palembang.
The awards also named 10 best performing regencies in terms of tourism, which were Badung, Sleman, Banyuwangi, Bogor, Buleleng, Gianyar, Klungkung, Bantul, Sidoarjo and Bandung.
The judging team comprised of head of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI), Didied Djunaedy, Bandung Institute of Technology's (ITB) Budi Faisal, the BPS's Adhi Wiriana and the Tourism Ministry's Frans Teguh.
Yokatta Wonderful Indonesia Tourism Awards recognizes cities and regencies with outstanding commitment, performance, innovation, creation and leadership in developing regional tourism, which is awarded to the regional governments for their contributions. (liz/kes)