BANDUNG-Provincial Government (Pemprov) of West Java is developing a friendly Muslim tourism or halal tourism. By that it is expected the support from every stakeholder of tourism
Vice Governor of West Java, Deddy Mizwar said for the initial development will be done in Bogor and Bandung. Both areas have high potential for halal tourism.
Demiz greeting Vice Governor of West Java assessed the development of this halal tourism needs to be considered even though Indonesia as a majority of Muslim countries but still inferior to Singapore.
"What makes Singapore look bigger than Indonesia is tourists visit," Demiz told reporters at the College of Tourism Campus (STP) Bandung, Monday (6/11/2017)
Synergy between the Ministry of Tourism, tourism industry players and universities need to be done to strengthen West Java's bargaining position as the most important tourist destinations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia
"So it can improve economic growth and people's welfare," said Demiz.
Demiz said the tourism sector contributed the fourth largest to West Java income after oil and gas, coal and palm oil.
Since 2016 West Java has become a province with the highest number of tourists visiting the country around 45 million people. Although foreign tourists are still around 1 million people.
"Therefore it takes synergy between tourism stakeholders in West Java by involving government, academia, business actors, community and mass media," said Demiz
Demiz explains a new attraction to be offered to potential tourists namely Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhan Ratu. Then the megalithic site, the padang mountain in Cianjur district which is currently access road to the area is being upgraded, among others, the plan of toll road development from sukabumi to Ciranjang then railway doubletrack Jakarta, Cianjur, Sukabumi, Padalarang and Bandung and other road access to Padang mountain site .
"Insha Allah next year will get the title of Unesco Global Geopark," he said
Furthermore, Demiz added, West Java provincial government also encourage investment in the tourism industry, especially for accommodation services, especially in districts / cities that do not have international-standard tourist amenities.
"We will push the tourism potential in every region to have standard international tourist destinations," he concluded. (MAT)