Bukittinggi. The 2017 Tourist Village Awards announced its winners in an event in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, on May 13-14, giving the awards to villages that have effectively managed state funding to improve their local economy.
Minister of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo presented the awards to the winners in the event, one of the highlights of the 2017 BUMDes Nusantara Expo.
The so-called "tourist villages" won their awards in different categories. The winner in the business network category was Tamansari in Banyuwangi, East Java; in agricultural tourism Pujon Kidul in Malang, East Java, and Seigentung in Gunung Kidul, Central Java; in culture Ubud in Bali; in creativity Teluk Meranti in Lalawan, Riau; in ecotourism Ende in East Nusa Tenggara and in marine tourism Bontagula in Bontang, East Kalimantan.
"These villages should be proud of themselves. They've set an example for other villages in Indonesia. This will make it easier for us to work on our goal of building an 'Indonesia Incorporated,'" Arief said.
Minister Eko said up to 11,000 villages all around Indonesia have had their status lifted from "disadvantaged" to "developing." Around 7,000 villages have been awarded a "developed" status.
The numbers are already ahead of the 2019 Long-Medium Term National Development (RPJM) target of having 5,000 developing villages and 2,000 developed villages.