Jakarta. The Ministry of Public Works, through its Regional Infrastructure Development Agency, or BPIW, will enhance partnerships with the Ministry of Tourism to develop homestays in up-and-coming holiday destinations across the archipelago.
BPIW head Hadi Sucahyono, at a joint meeting with Tourism Ministry officials in Jakarta on Thursday (06/07), said his agency is committed to boosting the country's tourism sector under President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's direction.
"Currently, the Public Works Ministry has created a monitoring format to produce progress reports for the Tourism Ministry. We will convene technical meetings between both ministries, starting next week," Hadi said.
The BPIW head said the Public Works Ministry might implement a "special" program similar to one implemented ahead of the 2018 Asean Games to accelerate homestay development.
Hiramsyah, head of the development team for the Tourism Ministry's 10 prioritized holiday destinations, dubbed the "10 New Balis," said joint technical teams are needed to map out settlement areas for the new homestays.
The Tourism Ministry has set a target of developing 20,000 new homestays in holiday destinations across the archipelago by 2019.
"We need to strengthen the synergy and partnership between the Public Works Ministries and [other stakeholders]," Hiramsyah said.
The agency head said planning will finalize this year, while building will pick up in 2018.
"In 2018, [...] everything will be accelerated," he added.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is excited about the prospect of working more closely with the Public Works Ministry and BPIW, saying the new homestays will also help boost the local economy.