Tourism Minister Arief Yahya was saddened by the closing of Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara, which suspended operations from Sunday (26/11) evening until Monday morning due to the spread of volcanic ash from Bali's Mount Agung.(Photo courtesy of the Tourism Ministry)

Tourism Ministry to Build 100,000 Homestays in Tourist Villages


MAY 17, 2017

Jakarta. The Tourism Ministry will host a coordination meeting at Bidakara Hotel, Jakarta, on May 18-19 to sign agreements to develop a total of up to 100,000 homestays in tourist villages all over the country in the next few years.

This year alone, the ministry expects to build 20,000 new homestays.

Representatives from several ministries, developers, local administrations, non-governmental organizations and academic experts will attend the two-day meeting.

The key outcome for the meeting is to have the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry for Villages, Underdeveloped Regions and Transmigration — the key players in the development projects — to agree to kickstart the collaboration and set out the guidelines for it.

"The Tourism Minister and the Minister of Villages, Underdeveloped Regions and Transmigration will sign an agreement and set up guidelines for homestay development in tourist villages. We will also hold discussions with other stakeholders on the ideal locations for the homestays," Dadang Rizky Rahman, the deputy head of destination development and tourism industry at the Ministry of Tourism, said in a statement on Wednesday (17/05).

Both ministries have already agreed on 10 pilot locations to begin the long-term development. They will ratify the agreement at the meeting.

The Tourism Ministry has also joined hands with local property association Real Estate Indonesia (REI) to build the homestays.

"A memorandum of understanding between the Tourism Ministry and REI will be signed at the meeting," Dadang said.

The meeting at Bidakara Hotel will also include workshops on various topics related to tourism, ranging from funding schemes, land permits and homestay maintenance.