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    Ministry of tourism review Cikidang Becomes Special Economic Zone (KEK) Tourism Ciletuh Geopark

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    SUKABUMI REGENCY-The Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Indonesia will review proposals from the Sukabumi Regency Government regarding the determination of Cikidang to be a Special Economic Zone (KEK) Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhan Ratu.

    Deputy of Indonesian Tourism Destination Development Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia, Dadang Rizky Ratman said, the existence of the Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhan Ratu tourist destination will add to the economic value of the community. The reason is, every tourist will need accommodations such as lodging and culinary so that it adds to people's income.

    "The Ministry of Tourism itself is conducting an initial verification of the KEK location in Cikidang, Sukabumi Regency. Hopefully in a short time it will be proposed to the national special economic council at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs," Dadang told reporters in Panenjoan Village, Sukabumi District, Saturday (10/13). 2018)

    He explained the development criteria for tourist destinations can be seen from 3A namely Attractions, Accessibility and Amenitas.

    Specifically for accessibility, Ministry of Tourism is pushing for the Ministry of Public Works and state-owned enterprises (BUMN) to accelerate the process of construction of Bogor, Ciawi and Sulabumi (Bocimi) toll roads so that the journey of tourists to the Ciletuh Geopark can be shortened.

    "It is also important that the Sukabumi Regency Government has a proposal to create an airport," he said.

    Particularly in several regions in Indonesia that are used as Unesco Global Geopark (UGG), especially Ciletuh Geopark Palabuhan Ratu which was established in April 2018 to be part of Global Geopark. Dadang said, the Minister of Tourism hoped that this would be a sustainable management of the geopark in accordance with its value and benefits for community.

    In addition, it is hoped that this geopark will become a leading tourism destination in Sukabumi Regency so that the number of domestic and foreign tourist arrivals is increasing.

    "When you have visited, tourists usually shop, so that it can improve the economy of the community in the tourist destination area of ??Geopark Ciletuk Palabuhan Ratu," he explained.

    Furthermore, the presence of this geopark is able to add socio-cultural value. For example, by holding an arts and culture festival can be appointed as a characteristic of the Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhan Ratu.

    "Geopark Ciletuh Palabuhan Ratu can improve the preservation of life so that it can show the world that we can maintain this area to be more beautiful and sustainable so that the more conserved it is the more prosperous the community," he concluded. (Pun) 

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