TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno introduced the virtual tour of 10 tourist villages dubbed Virtual Indonesia - Surga yang Tersembunyi or hidden heaven for free. This program could be an alternative vacation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are creating virtual tours of 10 villages across Indonesia, from the west to the east,” said Sandiaga on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
The program was in collaboration with travel curator Traval.co and tourism community Caventer Indonesia.
The tour would be available via the YouTube channel of Pesona Indonesia (Wonderful Indonesia) every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 Western Indonesian Time (WIB) from January 30 to February 28, 2021. People could also send donations for the village development and tourist areas.
The 10 tourist villages to be featured include Banyak Island in Aceh Singkil, Belibak Village in Anambas Islands, Karangduwur Village in Kebumen Kawasan, Nanas Madu Village in Pemalang, Bayan Village in North Lombok, Kabola Area in Alor Island, Aisandami Village in Wodam Bay, Bajo Mola Village in Wakatobi Islands, Ngilngof Village in Kei Islands, and Sebujit Village in Bengkayang.
These villages were selected based on their uniqueness in terms of geography, culture, as well as local experiences that were rarely known by the public. Besides, the program involved the local communities.
Sandiaga Uno explained that the development of a tourist village was necessary to respond to the local innovative ideas and preserve cultural heritages as Indonesia’s identity.