An empty street by the sea in Bidukbiduk village, Berau. (Shutterstock/File)
Berau regency in East Kalimantan has formed a special unit called the Environment and Sanitation Department (DLHK) that is in charge of maintaining cleanliness in tourist sites in the regency.
Berau DLHK head Zulkifli said that the department is campaigning for the cleanliness of tourist attractions, they have also prepared the formation of Regional Technical Implementing Unit (UPTD) that will be positioned in tourist attractions.
He also mentioned that Berau is currently focusing on developing its tourism industry, the regency has been promoting Maratua Island, Derawan and Kakaban as its go-to tourist destinations.
“The administration is focusing on the development of sustainable tourism and we are supporting them in terms of keeping the regency clean so it will leave a good impression on tourists,” told Zulkifli.
Meanwhile, Berau deputy regent Agus Tantomo said that he often found garbage scattered all over the place so he urged the locals to stop littering, “The cleanliness of a tourist destination will be a plus point and will increase the number of tourist visits, this can impact in the increase of the people’s income,” said Agus.
Tourism minister Arief Yahya approved of this statement, he said that the country’s ranking for environmental sustainability is at the 131st spot and 108th spot for healthy and hygiene.
“Our health and hygiene [ranking] in World Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (WTTCI) by the World Economic Forum is still far below, we are at the 108th spot out of 136 countries, we are below Malaysia which lies at the 77th spot, Singapore at 62nd and Thailand at the 90th,” said Arief. (asw)