JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Four tourism villages in Indonesia, namely Pemuteran Village (Bali), Penglipuran Village (Bali), Nglanggeran Tourism Village (Yogyakarta), and Pentingsari Village (Yogyakarta), have been included in the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the World in Green Destinations' Global Green Destinations Days (GGDD).
The Sustainable Destinations Top 100 Award is an annual Green Destinations Foundation program that aims to showcase success stories and sustainable tourism practices from tourism destinations around the world.
Dadang Rizki Ratman, Deputy of Tourism Destination Development at the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, said the four destinations are able to compete at the international level due to the villages using international standard guidelines.
"The concept of Penglipuran Village, for example, is included in the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the world, one of them is because the village is considered to be able to maintain its traditional side as well as environmental sustainability," Dadang said.
According to Dadang, the arrangement of villages and traditional buildings in Penglipuran Village is still intact, as well as the 75 hectares of bamboo forest and 10 hectares of managed vegetation lands. This is the characteristic of Penglipuran all this time.
"Even though the majority of the population has embraced modern life, the traditional Balinese nuance does not just disappear. Now, Penglipuran Village is one of the popular tourist destinations in Indonesia," he said.
The three other tourism villages have also been able to maintain a balance in managing tourism villages by getting economic benefits from preserving culture and nature around the village.
Meanwhile, Valerina Daniel, expert staff on sustainable tourism development at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative economy, said the four tourism villages were included in the categories of Environmental Conservation, Economic Utilization for Local Communities, and Socio-Culture.
"Later on, the destinations that are ranked top on the list of Sustainable Destinations Top 100 will be invited to receive the 'Best of Top 100' at ITB Berlin 2020," Valerina Daniel said.
In addition, Chairperson of the Sustainable Tourism Board I Gede Ardika underlined the role of stakeholders, especially tourism stakeholders in the regions who are committed to implementing sustainable tourism destination standards so that more tourism destinations in Indonesia are running on sustainable principles.
"We need collaboration with local governments and tourism actors and champions in the tourist village or tourism destinations," Ardika added.