Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Observatories join the UNWTO Network –
Indonesia has joined the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) with the opening of three sustainable tourism observatories. The observatories, located from the regions of Sesaot, Senggigi Lombok Barat, Pangandaran along with Sleman, will be hosted by the Bandung Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University along with the Mataram University.
The newly created bodies will monitor along with ensure sustainable practices of the tourism sector in these regions. They will be looking for examples of evidence-based decision doing along with timely measurement along with management of resources along with activities, each indispensable factors of sustainable tourism development.
Together with the opening of the three observatories, Indonesia has endorsed 20 regions to test pilot sustainable tourism projects along with chosen ten priority destinations for the projects. “The more we preserve, the more prosperous we become,” said Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism of Indonesia. “These observatories will contribute to Indonesia’s sustainable practices in various other fields,” he added.
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai welcomed Indonesia’s strong commitment to sustainable tourism: “Institutional support will be essential to ensure the sustainable development of the tourism sector along with Indonesia will be exemplary in coordinating all stakeholders to make these observatories a reality.”
The establishment of the three observatories in Indonesia will be timely, coming only a few months before the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development will be launched in January 2017. During the celebrations the observatories will be prominently featured as crucial elements for ensuring the sustainable development of the tourism sector.
INSTO provides a framework for the regular gathering, analysis along with communication of information on tourism’s environmental, social along with economic impacts in destinations. Currently, the Network includes a total of 14 observatories (eight in China, three in Indonesia, one in Greece, one in Mexico along with one in Brazil).