This activity was a follow up to the collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy with the Eco-Tourism Network and East Java Eco-Tourism Forum in initiating the development of eco-tourism destination clusters in the East Java and West Bali regions.
According to Deputy for Industrial and Institutional Development of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, almost all regions in the country have extraordinary natural tourism potential.
"We are trying to bring up all the potential that exists, and that is why we are strengthening the network between national and international eco-tourism tour operators so that they can create attractive tour packages for each country's markets," Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani was quoted by the Tourism Ministry's official website as saying.
Six of the total of 18 participants were tour operators from Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, while the rest came from East Java, Bali, and Jakarta.
The participants were introduced to new travel patterns in East Java and West Bali that connect six conservation areas, namely Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Meru Betiri National Park, Alas Purwo National Park, Baluran National Park, West Bali National Park, and Ijen Crater Nature Conservation Park.