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Tourism discussion stresses rights protection in 'New Bali' developments

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 2, 2020   /  12:36 pm
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Visitors gather at an observation point overlooking Mount Bromo at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java, in this file photo. The active volcano is among Indonesia's "10 New Bali" tourist destinations.(JP/Nedi Putra AW)

Rights violations related to information and land ownership are among the main problems hampering the "New Bali" tourist destination development program, a study by the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) has revealed. The Human Rights in Indonesian Tourism Business report focuses on four of the 10 New Balis: Bromo Tengger in East Java, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung. ELSAM researcher Blandina Lintang Setianti said that the majority of local people were not aware of the government’s detailed tourism development plans for their areas, as the related discussion and information sharing sessions only involved local officials, such as tourism agency officials and district heads. “The right to information of many pe...