The Jakarta Post
International tourist destination Simalem Park Resort in Karo Regency, North Sumatra, has been nominated for the 2017 Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award (ISTA).
The winner of the 2017 ISTA, which carries the theme "People and Nature-based Tourism", will be announced on Sept. 27.
The announcement will held concurrently with the National Coordination Meeting at the Tourism Ministry in Jakarta.
Eddy Tanoto, the general manager of Simalem Park Resort, said he was proud that the resort would represent North Sumatra as one of the nominees at the ISTA this year.
"It's a great honor for Simalem," Eddy told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
Located in Merek, Pengambaten village, the 200 hectare park is an eco resort that offers unique tourist activities, including trekking in the forest, horse-riding, archery and camping, Eddy said.
Simalem Park Resort offers farming activities as well as technical and hospitality programs for local students.
The park also offers sponsorship programs for local people to enter the hospitality industry, he went on to say.
"We want Simalem Park Resort to have activities that are in line with the strategic plan to develop national, regional and global tourism that promotes Indonesia's natural richness," Eddy said. (afr/bbs)