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Published on : Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Tourism Ministry of Indonesia has said that it will be presenting awards to the country’s best tourist destinations in the first ever Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Awards (ISTA), which will be held this month.
The awards will be given to destinations with the best progress and results under four main categories: tourist destination management, economic utilization for local people, cultural preservation for the public and visitors and environmental preservation.
Selected destinations will be judged based on the criteria stated in the ministry regulations for sustainable tourist destinations in Indonesia, which is recognized by the UNWTO.
The destinations with the highest score in each category will be chosen as the winner and receive the ISTA award. Winners of ISTA 2017 will be announced on Sept. 29 at the Tourism Destination Appreciation (APDI) 2017 event that will be held for commemorating World Tourism Day. The winners will later become Indonesian candidates for ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards (ASTA).
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya hopes that the awards will boost Indonesia’s tourism, which boasts of abundance of nature and cultural resources, and make it competitive at the international level.
“I can’t imagine this country winning in manufacturing, but we can be the winner in tourism or at least we can envision this country winning it. If you can imagine it, you can reach it,” said Arief.