The Jakarta Post
A dancer performs the Seblang Dance while in a trance as part of an annual ritual in Olehsari village, Banyuwangi, East Java. (JP/Aman Rocman)
Several members of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission X recently went for a work visit to Banyuwangi in East Java.
The group’s leader Ridwan Hisyam said the visit aimed to learn about Banyuwangi's tourism development and the commission had been eyeing on the regency for quite some time.
“This is an early visit to witness the tourism in Banyuwangi that has been increasing rapidly. From this visit, we’re going to give an input to the Tourism Ministry,” said Ridwan.
According to Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas, ever since Banyuwangi became a tourism-based regency the place has attracted many domestic and foreign tourists. Hotels in the area are usually fully-booked on weekends especially during the Banyuwangi Festival.
Abdullah says there are currently three new hotels being developed and slated to open by the end of this year.
“There are 4,000 rooms at the moment and all of them have been booked by visitors. There’ll be additional hotels by the end of this year,” said Abdullah.
Tourism Ministry's Archipelago Marketing Development deputy Esthy Reko Astuti said Banyuwangi has the potential for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism. (kes)
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