We believe that tourism sector can quickly rebound.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry will build 900 tourism homestays at five super priority National Tourism Strategic Areas (KSPN) this year.

“We believe that the tourism sector can quickly rebound. Hence, we will renovate the residents' houses to be suitable for homestays in the tourism areas, so the local community can also derive economic benefits from the sector," PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono noted in a written statement here on Wednesday.

Currently, the ministry conducts the Self-help Housing Quality Improvement Program in Supporting Tourism at the five KSPNs included in Presidential Regulation Number 3 of 2016: Morotai in North Maluku, Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung, Raja Ampat in West Papua, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, as well as Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area in East Java. The program is also in accordance with the National Strategic Projects stipulated in Presidential Regulation Number 109 of 2020, he remarked.

The government has allocated Rp54.7 billion for the program. The homestays will be designed based on a more modern concept whilst also upholding local wisdom to attract more tourists, Hadimuljono stated.

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The minister noted that out of the 170 homestays at KSPN Morotai, 28.8 percent had been realized, while from the 90 units at KSPN Tanjung Kelayang, 35.5 percent were realized.

Meanwhile, the government has allocated another 90 units at KSPN Raja Ampat out of which 41.48 percent were realized; 120 units at KSPN Wakatobi, with 26.63 percent realized; as well as 430 units at KSPN Bromo-Tengger-Semeru, with 31.74 percent realized, Hadimuljono remarked.

Hadimuljono noted that the program is expected to boost productivity of the tourism sector in driving local job opportunities and economic growth.

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