Nomadic tourism suitable for Garut, W. Java

Nomadic tourism suitable for Garut, W. Java

Photo illustration of tourism in Garut. A number of climbers across the path of the Dead Forest when heading to camping area of ​​Pondok Saladah in Mount Papandayan, Cisurupan sub district, Garut regency, West Java. (ANTARA/Teresia May)

If the tourists use a caravan, they can choose the best spot to enjoy the panorama."
Jakarta (ANTARA News)m- Tourism Minister Arief Yahya stated that the concept of nomadic tourism could be developed in Garut, West Java Province.

"Nomadic tourism that allows travelers to be on the move is a concept that can be developed in Garut," Minister Arief said here, Thursday, when opening the 2018 Garut Cultural Festival.

The cultural festival held from February 20-27, 2018, is part of the ceremony to commemorate the 205th anniversary of Garut District.

The event is also an opportunity to promote the tourism potentials in Garut, which was formerly known as "Switzerland van Java" or the Swiss of Java.

The minister noted that authorities should not develop tourism in Garut by constructing permanent buildings, as it would block the beautiful natural scenery.

Nomadic tourism is suitable for Garut because 80 percent of the district is a natural conservation area.

"This kind of accommodation is suited to Garut," he said, adding that the tourism concept can be implemented with caravans, glamorous camping sites and home ports.

A caravan is a flexible form of accommodation, while glamorous camping (glamcamp) is a luxury camp that indulges tourists.

"If the tourists use a caravan, they can choose the best spot to enjoy the panorama. Caravans can be rented daily, glamcamps rented monthly, while home ports can be rented for six months," Arief revealed.

Earlier, Minister Arief asked the Tourism Authority Board (BOP) of Borobudur Temple to immediately develop nomadic tourism in the area to accelerate tourism development before the IMF-World Bank meeting in October 2018.

Indonesia can imitate the United States, Australia and New Zealand, which offer lodging caravans.

He said the development of nomadic tourism, such as through caravans and glamorous camping/glamping, would accelerate tourism in Borobudur, as hotels and permanent buildings take three to five years for construction.

"We must start with nomadic tourism, which is temporary and quick. Something small does not necessarily give small profits. Four- or five-star glamping sites can be sold in October 2018 during the IMF-World Bank meeting," he maintained.
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