Published on : Monday, December 4, 2017
The Tourism Authority of Lamandau Regency, Tourism Authority of West Kotawaringin Regency, Swisscontact WISATA, and the local stakeholders xarried on Tanjung Puting Familiarization Trip 2017 from 25th to 30th November, 2017. The trip includes local and international tour operators along with media crews. It targets to host new tourism destinations to support Tanjung Puting National Park, particularly via Community Based Tourism Village program.
Tanjung Puting National Park – has three districts: West Kotawaringin, Lamandau and Seruyan. These three districts are known as home to around 6,000 Orangutans (the largest of the total remaining Orangutan population in the world) along with Proboscis Monkey or bekantan. The exclusive flora and fauna of this National Park, spread across 415,000 hectares of tropical rainforest has always been a key destination for local and international tourists visiting the province of Central Kalimantan.
Until October of this year, roughly 19,000 tourists have visited Tanjung Puting National Park. A new record of visitors the place experienced after a massive drop in traffic in 2015 as a result of forest fires that burned no less than 100,000 hectares of its rainforest.
“Currently, the concentration of tourists is concentrated in the Sekonyer River, especially Camp Leakey. Therefore, we invite tour operators to optimize the potential of other tourist attractions outside the national park, such as turtle captivity in Tanjung Keluang and tourist villages in Lamandau Regency,” said Helmi.
Consequently, in this trip, tour operators along with media explored some new community-based tourism villages that were created as a natural and cultural tourism destination supporting Tanjung Putting National Park.