Later, there will (also) be wellness villages.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry will hold the 2022 International Wellness Tourism Conference and Festival (IWTCF) to support one of Indonesia’s 2022 G20 presidency agendas of strengthening the global health architecture.

The event themed "Sustainable Strategy for the Recovery and Growth of Global Tourism through Wellness Tourism," to be held in Surakarta City, Central Java Province, on August 5-7, 2022, also aims to promote Indonesia as a wellness tourism destination.

During the weekly press briefing here on Wednesday, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno drew attention to the rise of wellness tourism, considering that several people were keen to become healthier in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Meanwhile, Surakarta City is selected to host the event, as it followed the concept of "The City of Java Wellness Tourism," he noted.

At the event, the ministry will showcase various wellness products divided into eight categories and made by local 24 micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) players, with the concept of a wellness village, as well as 30 non-small and medium enterprise (SME) industries.

The categories include healthy eating, nutrition and weight loss, physical activities, healthy eating, wellness tourism, traditional and complementary medicine, public health, prevention and personalized medicine, wellness real estate, as well as mental health.

Deputy for Tourism Products and Event Management of the ministry Rizki Handayani stated that the event will also offer wellness experience trips, with various travel package choices, including nine packages of one-day trip to Greater Surakarta, Yogyakarta, or Bali region.

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There is also an option of a six-day overnight trip package to various destinations in Central Java Province and Bali Province.

Implementation of the trip would refer to the wellness travel guide titled "A Journey for Healthy Life" that had been compiled and published by the ministry in 2020.

"The activities (during the trip) will include healthy food workshops, yoga workshops, (and) wellness products' exhibition. Later, there will (also) be wellness villages," the deputy remarked.

Meanwhile, Director of Thematic Tourism at the ministry Alexander Reyaan noted that his side targets to have 300 participants attending the event in person as well as one thousand participants partaking in the event virtually.

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Translator: Baqir Alatas, Uyu Liman
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