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    Smart Tourism Workshop Invites West Java Civil State to Contribute Idea of ??Tourism in 2040

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    BANDUNG CITY-The Provincial Government of West Java (West Java) in cooperation with the East West Center (EWC) held a 'Smart Tourism' workshop for tourism managers, specifically the State Civil Apparatus (ASN) in the West Java Provincial Government and 27 regencies / cities as Jabar.

    The event which took place on 1 to 5 September 2019 was also attended by academics and youth organizations including the Indonesian Youth National Committee (KNPI) because to develop the world of tourism, collaboration with all parties was needed.

    The 'Smart Tourism' workshop was initiated by the Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil and received support from EWC, an organization from Hawaii, United States.

    EWC itself is engaged in education and research to strengthen the cooperative relations between Asian countries, the Pacific and the United States. The speakers in this workshop were from the University of Hawaii.

    Representing the Governor of West Java, Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum also expressed his appreciation to the EWC for sharing their experience and knowledge with the workshop participants. Uu hopes this workshop can give birth to new thoughts for the development of the tourism world in West Java.

    "This activity is to accelerate the vision and mission of West Java, especially in the field of tourism," Uu said while attending the 'Smart Tourism' workshop at Gedung Sate, Bandung City, Thursday (5/9/19).
     
    "We feel proud because we have just seen the mindset, wishes and hopes expressed before us. Hopefully the knowledge provided can be useful in particular to increase tourism in West Java and ultimately it can increase PAD from tourism, "he added.

    According to the Head of West Java Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDM) M Solihin, the workshop participants were invited to think about the world of tourism in West Java in the future. That way, the participants can shed their creative ideas or dreams in developing the world of tourism in West Java.

    "All workshop participants work together to build and aspire what will be built in the next 20 or 40 years for tourism in West Java," Solihin said.

    The same thing was conveyed by a representative from EWC, Shceirman Cruz. In this workshop, Cruz said, the participants were invited to imagine and were given the task of making a concept or prototype of the West Java tourism development system in 2040.

    "What is made by the participants through this prototype will be sent and become input for the West Java Provincial Government to build a world of tourism in 2040," Cruz said.

    To present a planned tourism development concept in West Java in 2040, the participants were divided into five groups. There are various ideas presented, one of which makes West Java tourism as The Next Dubai in 2040, supported by various arts and culture to the typical culinary of West Java.

    In addition, there is also the concept of Smart Tourism Integrated (STI) in 2040. This concept needs to be supported by various elements of ideas, social, nature, as well as technology, to the commitment or political policy of leaders to advance the world of tourism.

    If realized, this concept could have a significant impact on West Java's economy. In this concept, West Java even dreamed of having space tourism on condition that the tourists make a tourist visit in West Java first.

    The 'Smart Tourism' as a workshop reference is a concept that is implemented by many tour managers today to boost their tour visits.

    This concept is supported by the application of communication and information technology. Tourism data elements such as locations or attractions, tourism events, and supporting facilities and infrastructure also become important capital that must be presented in an online database so that they are easily accessed by tourists.

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