Jakarta (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno opined that the Budo Tourism Village in North Minahasa District, North Sulawesi, can improve the region's ecotourism.

Uno remarked that the village was currently connected to a super priority village in Likupang, so the locals were expected to build more tourist destinations to support Likupang.

"It is expected that Likupang can become a good quality tourist destination, and Budo Village can become a sustainable tourism (area)," the minister stated during a visit to Budo Village, as quoted from an official statement received here on Saturday.

Budo Tourism Village is one of the top 50 villages selected at the 2022 National Tourism Villages event. It is known for its mangroves in addition to being an alternative path to the Bunaken sea garden.

Along the shores of the Bunaken sea garden, tourists can enjoy the sights of Manado Tua Island, Bunaken Island, and Siladen Island as well as bask in the views of the sunset. Moreover, there are some 30 hectares of mangrove forest, with several plant forms.

He encouraged the Budo tourism village to support the Likupang super priority tourism area.

"Here, tourists can experience (a broad range of) sensations because there is the mangrove tour and underwater tourism," Uno stated.

Head of North Minahasa District Joune Ganda commended the hard work of the village's administration and North Minahasa's officials, who managed to secure a position as one of the top 50 tourism villages.

"We want to showcase that we are committed to pursuing tourism in North Minahasa, and we hope that (these efforts would) be supported by the central government. Moreover, North Minahasa has Likupang as one of the super priority tourism destinations," Ganda stated.

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