Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Jakarta provincial government has won The Best Province for Tourism Development award during the Indonesia Tourism Award (ITA) 2011 event.

The award was recognition of the Jakarta administration`s hard work and high commitment to developing the capital`s tourism industry to be the best in the country, Head of the Jakarta Tourism and Culture Office Arie Budhiman said here on Thursday.

"We must thank God. The achievement belongs to all elements of the tourism sector and all residents of the capital who have turned Jakarta into the best province in developing tourism in Indonesia," he said.

The event was held annually by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry in cooperation with SWA magazine, he said.

"The award is part of step to appreciate regional governments` effort in developing tourism industry as well as in promoting tourism operators in their respective region," he said.

The award was based on the results of a survey conducted on a number of cities/districts selected based on the amount of budget funds allocated to the tourism sector as well as on the outcome of focus group discussion (FGD) organized by the magazine`s editorial team.

The survey was conducted to choose the best district/city in terms of tourism service, favorite tourist destination city, favorite tourist site, and the best tourism supporting industries divided into nine sub-categories, namely non-star hotel, star-rated hotel, airline, travel agent, taxi, restaurant, golf court, spa and mall.(*)

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