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Papua PON offers right momentum to boost tourism sector: expert

Papua PON offers right momentum to boost tourism sector: expert

Boat sails across the Piaynemo area in Raja Ampat, West Papua. (ANTARA PHOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/ed/ama/rst)

This is the right momentum to introduce the tourism sector in Papua
Purwokerto, C Java (ANTARA) - Tourism expert at the Jenderal Soedirman University (Unsoed) Chusmeru expressed belief that the XX Papua National Games (PON) provided the right momentum to boost tourism in the area.

"This is the right momentum to introduce the tourism sector in Papua," Chusmeru noted here on Monday.

The tourism expert put forth five suggestions to boost Papua's tourism through the PON event, with the first being suggesting to the PON committee along with the Government of Papua to provide a sports tourism package alongside the XX Papua PON to attract more tourists.

"Several activities can be conducted for tourism through this PON activity. However, related stakeholders must ensure security and comfort for all athletes and groups to visit tourist objects and attractions in Papua," he remarked.

Secondly, on account of the fact that PON is still being held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to implement strict health protocols for all PON participants even at a tourist attraction. Likewise, tourism managers in Papua should also apply strict health protocols.

Under the third suggestion, the Papua government should prepare excellent human resources in the tourism sector to serve PON athletes, officials, and tourists with service standards in tourism.

"Fourth, the local government needs to revamp tourism destinations. Papua has natural tourism objects that attract tourists. They should maintain and revamp it while enhancing tourist attractions, such as cultural and culinary arts as well as handicrafts for tourists," he remarked.

The fifth suggestion entails forging cooperation with travel agencies at the earliest to create a tour package that combines the elements of sports, nature, and Papuan culture, he noted.

Hence, every athlete competing in the XX Papua PON can continue to travel after the match is over, Chusmeru stated.

"If these five aspects can be prepared properly, then the XX Papua PON can deliver several achievements, such as recreational opportunities and bring economic benefits to the government and the locals," he added.

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