Toba Lake Tourism Authority Agency Set in 2016

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Jakarta (Greeners) – Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Natural Resources Rizal Ramli will established Tourism Authority Agency in 10 touristic sites throughout Indonesia as part of government’s target to reach to 20 million from 10 million foreign tourists visit to the country.

“It is based from the successful of Bali Tourism Authority in developing Nusa Dua, Bali. Currently, only ten destinations due to budget allocation and considering tourism development momentum,” he said as quoted from a press release to Greeners, in Jakarta, on Monday (28/12).

Rizal also said that the government had allocated the development in the 2016 budget which will be under presidential decision (Keppres) scheduled to be signed in early January.

Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya said that Toba Lake Tourism Authority Agency in North Sumatra had been declared as pilot project. The agency will be in charge for infrastructure such as airport, roads, internet and other facilities in Toba Lake.

“At the moment, Toba Lake infrastructure is moving slow because of overlapping authorities between seven government agencies,” he said.

Toba Lake Authority Agency, which will be filled by officials of Ministry of PUPR, Transportation Ministry and Tourism Ministry, is going to coordinate the development.

“For instance, the road will be built by Ministry of Public Works and People’s Housing (PUPR), airport by Ministry of Transportation. We will also plan on building harbor, marina, and internet connection and basic infrastructure,” he said.

Previously, Rizal Ramli promised Toba Lake to become Monaco of Asia, world’s class tourist destination. Rizal said there were six investors to develop Toba Lake.

To realize the plan, an authority agency need to be set up for coordination and improvement.

Besides Toba Lake, other destinations are Thousands Islands, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Morotai in North Maluku, Lesung Bay in Banten, Labuan Bajo in West Nusa Tenggara, Bromo Tengger Semeru in East Java, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, Belitung islands and Yogyakarta.

Reports by Danny Kosasih

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