The Jakarta Post
A pier juts out from Teluk Gembira Beach on Belitung Island, where travelers can hop on a fishing boat and sail to nearby Seliu Island. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Belitung in Bangka Belitung Islands province is a suitable site for nomadic tourism, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has said.
"Belitung is a suitable destination to develop nomadic tourism," Arief said in Belitung recently, as quoted by Tempo.co.
Arief said developing a special economic zone such as in Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara would take too much time, meanwhile Belitung Island would be a good location to promote nomadic tourism.
"I'm optimistic that the nomadic tourism concept could be a permanent solution for Belitung," Arief said.
Nomadic tourism revolves around activities or businesses related to the lifestyle and culture of moving around, such as glamping (glamorous camping) or staying in home pods and caravans while traveling.
Arief highlighted Belitung's picturesque nature and its potential as a luxury destination, which make it a suitable nomadic tourism destination. "The market is large, nomadic tourism has a potential 21 to 35 million foreign tourists from all over the world who are interested in it," he said.
The minister called on tourism investors to invest in the province, and others, to develop nomadic tourism.
In Tanjung Kelayang Belitung, for example, the nomadic tourism concept has been developed through Eco Beach Tent by Billiton, which has been operating since May this year.
Eco Beach Tent has developed the glamcamp model with the tagline “Reconnect with Nature” with a variety of supporting facilities for five-star hotels and is environmentally friendly. (liz/kes)