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Likupang awaits its time in the tourism sun

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Likupang, North Sulawesi   /   Mon, December 16, 2019   /  02:07 pm
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Faraway island: Tourists enjoy a sunny day on Lihaga Island in West Likupang, North Minahasa, North Sulawesi. It takes 60 minutes to drive from Manado, the North Sulawesi provincial capital, to Likupang, where tourists must then spend 15 minutes crossing the sea to reach the island.(JP/Riza Roidila Mufti)

When the government named Likupang in North Sulawesi as one of Indonesia’s top-five new tourist destinations, many eyebrows were raised with people asking, “Where?” Likupang was listed along with four more popular destinations in the government’s so-called “five super-priority tourist destinations” in Indonesia, namely Borobudur in Central Java, Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara and Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo came up with the idea of promoting “new Balis” in Indonesia in order to boost tourism's contribution to the national economy, with an original target of attracting 20 million foreign tourists by 2019. Foreign tourist numbers amounted to around 13.6 million up to October this year. For that reason, the Tourism Ministry has been investing its human ...