Locals Encouraged to Become Raja Ampat Tour Operators

    Antara - 27 Februari 2020 19:04 WIB
    Locals Encouraged to Become Raja Ampat Tour Operators
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    Sorong: Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has appealed to West Papua officials to improve the management of Raja Ampat Islands as a tourist destination and get more locals involved as tour operators.

    "I have spoken to investors, who will help Papua to develop its people’s economy. They deplored the involvement of too many foreign operators of diving tours while visiting Raja Ampat," Luhut stated here on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

    The minister cautioned against this not occurring in future while emphasizing that the West Papua provincial administration should involve more local operators in the management of the tourist attraction.

    "We will handle the issue in Raja Ampat, so the development program in the region can benefit the local people," Luhut asserted.

    The retired Army general also drew attention to the coral reef damage in the islands caused by reckless liveaboard boats anchored in the area, saying that it would take years to revive the damaged coral reef.

    "Improve the quality of education that focuses on the tourism sector in a bid to support the development of sustainable natural resources," Luhut stated.

    Located in the West Papua region of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat has the highest identified concentration and diversity of marine life globally. (Antara)


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