Indonesia has set to focus on developing and promoting tourism villages this year, as such an alternative tourism has been proven to be able to survive during a pandemic, the country's Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said.
A tourism village is usually described as a village designated to welcome tourists, offering experiences that combine nature, authentic cultures and local life, Xinhua news agency reported.
Uno on Friday added that in the last two years, even during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of foreign tourists who visited tourism villages across Indonesia increased around 30 to 50 per cent, particularly the villages in Central Java and West Java provinces, while other tourism destinations experienced downturns.
He said tourism villages had become "pandemic winners" because they mostly offered open nature spaces and not many people flocked to one area, and there were only a small group of villagers who lived there.
"Therefore, we want to make the tourism villages become our flagship programme to boost our tourism sectors. We believe they can significantly drive our post-pandemic economic recovery," Uno added in a written statement.
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