Additional tourist villages planned for Borobudur

More funding is being allocated to set up tourist villages in a bid to increase tourism at Borobudur.

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Borobudur to Woo Visitors With New Tourist Villages
Jakarta Globe, 20 January 2010

The government plans to develop more tourism villages around ninth-century Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta to draw more visitors and encourage them to stay longer, an official said on Wednesday.

“In 2010 we will develop five more tourism villages in the vicinity of Borobudur Temple. We hope they will attract more tourists, as well as help the local people become involved in the tourism industry,” said Firmansyah Rahim, the director general of the destination development at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Last year, the ministry developed five tourism villages in the Borobudur area, with each receiving financial aid ranging from Rp 100 million to Rp 150 million ($10,800 to $16,200) to renovate tourist facilities such as guesthouses as well as handicraft and culinary centers.

Tourism villages rely on proximity to an attraction, such as Borobudur Temple, to pull in revenue from visitors.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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