The development has been conducted according to the directives of the Bunaken National Park Conservation Agency.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry has been revitalizing the Malalayang Beach and Bunaken Ecotourism Village in Manado City, North Sulawesi Province, to develop ecotourism destinations of international standards.

"I have urged the developer to increase the number of kitchens in the food stalls built on Malalayang Beach, so visitors will not have to wait long while ordering food," PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono noted in a written statement here on Wednesday.

Revitalization of the areas aims to support development of the Manado-Bitung-Likupang Super Priority Tourism Destinations (DPSP) in the province.

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Rearrangement of the beach, with a budget of Rp65.48 billion, has been conducted since 2020 and is targeted for completion in 2022.

Development is implemented on an area of 18,500 square meters. Currently, the construction work has reached 94-percent completion.

Several revitalized facilities comprise merchant kiosk, docks, Boboca Monument, signage, view tower, floating stalls, and public toilets.

This step is expected to increase work opportunities in the tourism sector.

Revitalization of the Bunaken Ecotourism Village has also been conducted from 2020 to 2022, with a budget of Rp28.78 billion, on an area spanning 19 thousand square meters.

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Development of the ecotourism village encompasses the establishment of a dock and its terminal building, tourism gallery, cultural theatre, and welcome gates, as well as the arrangement of landscape.

State-run construction company PT Nindya Karya is conducting revitalization of both tourism areas.

Head of the North Sulawesi Provincial Settlement Infrastructure Center (BPPW), Komang Raka Maharthana, has ensured that the development was conducted carefully.

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"The development has been conducted according to the directives of the Bunaken National Park Conservation Agency to avoid any damage to coral reefs and marine biota in the conservation area," he remarked.

Once the revitalization is completed, Maharthana affirmed that the North Sulawesi BPPW will hand over the management of the tourism areas to the Manado city government to benefit the local community and economic actors.

“The Manado city government has planned that the soft launch of tourism attractions be held in early July 2022," he added.

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