A view of Lake Toba, listed as a Special Economic Zone (KEK) and a priority destination. (Shutterstock/File)
While attending the inauguration ceremony of Silangit International Airport in North Sumatra, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya made time to visit Sigapiton Village located on the eastern side of Lake Toba.
Sigapiton is a small village that has been made into a pilot project village for homestay development.
The last time the minister visited the place was on July 8 this year.
Since Oct. 15, two Jabu Na Ture Homestay units have been established in the area. These homestays were initiated by the Minister himself who was inspired by the designs at Archipelago Homestay Contest and Homestay Ecopod that’s made of bamboo material.
The design for Jabu Na Ture Homestay itself was inspired by Batak Toba traditional house called Jabu Bolon. Additionally, Jabu Na Ture units were built using the bamboo material.
The construction was funded by Tourism Ministry, however, the next homestay development in the area will be offered to other investors.
During his visit, Arief also went to Souvenir Market, Sigale Gale cultural site located in front of the traditional houses and met with Tourism Awareness Group (Pokdarwis).
During the meeting, Pokdarwis requested the support from the government to help in homestay development. Currently, there are 14 homestay units that need to be revitalized.
The Ministry is going to support 20 homestay interior revitalization packages that will be delivered by the latest this December.
Meanwhile, for toilet and building revitalization, the Ministry is set to coordinate with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. (asw)
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