Analysis: Indonesia: Focus on ‘eco-cultural’ tourism

December 23, 2010

Josh Franken, Oxford Business Group | Mon, 01/10/2011 11:08 AM | Business| Jakarta Post

Indonesia plans to promote its natural and cultural attractions in order to reach its target of 7.6 million tourist arrivals in 2011, with an emphasis on “eco-cultural” sights and activities. These are expected to attract well-heeled visitors who spend more and have less of an impact on the environment.

In December, Esthy Reko Astuty, director of promotions at the Culture and Tourism Ministry, announced that Indonesia’s eco-cultural strategy for 2011 would see environmental issues such as climate change featured in promotional activities as well as a program launched to encourage more visits to museums. Read the rest of this entry »


Dignified Dialogue Is Key To Solve the Papua Conflict

December 12, 2010

Jakarta Globe

By: Oktovianus Pogau (a member of the Papua Solidarity Society).

The government should understand the root of the conflict in Papua first before adressed other problems.

One of the main duties of the president and vice president of Indonesia is to maintain the integrity of the Unitary Republic of Indonesia. In confronting this task, it should be noted that internal threats usually have a bigger impact than external ones. And sometimes, the threats from outside the country become even more visible when the country itself allows conflict to grow within its own borders. Read the rest of this entry »