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Jakarta Post

In love with Maumere

  • ID Nugroho


Flores   /   Fri, February 24 2012   /  10:49 am

Reveling: Celebrants at the Maumere in Love event parade in the streets.“Maumere in Love”, a cultural event initiated by the Bishopric of Maumere in response to appeals from local youth, marks the beginning of a cultural and tourism revival for Flores. One day on his way along the southern coast of the island, Romo Dominikus Dange thought to himself, “Flores is a rich region with beautiful beaches, and we’re ready to support tourism development without marginalizing local communities.”  Commonly called Romo Dom, the priest had feared promoting tourism would limit local residents’ “ownership” of the region they call their own. In Bali, for instance, the island has been separated into tourist areas that no longer fully belong to locals.This unfortunate circumstance, in his view, is due to the lack of regional development oriented
toward the love local communities h...