Indonesia opens first UN tourism observatories

One of the observatories is at Lombok’s Senggigi Beach
One of the observatories is at Lombok’s Senggigi Beach

Indonesia has joined the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).

The move follows the launch of the country’s first three “sustainable tourism observatories”, located West Nusa Tenggara, West Java and Central Java. These facilities will aim to monitor tourism in these areas and ensure that sustainable practices are being adhered to.

In addition, Indonesia will pilot sustainable tourism projects in 20 regions, including 10 priority destinations.

“The more we preserve, the more prosperous we become,” said Arief Yahya, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism. “These observatories will contribute to Indonesia’s sustainable practices in other fields.”

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai welcomed the move. “Institutional support is essential to ensure the sustainable development of the tourism sector and Indonesia is exemplary in coordinating all stakeholders to make these observatories a reality,” he stated.

The UNWTO’s network of sustainable tourism observatories now stretches to 14 locations: eight in China, three in Indonesia, one in Greece, one in Mexico and one in Brazil.

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