The Jakarta Post
Jakarta / Mon, April 1, 2019 / 05:02 am
As the country doubles its efforts to attract more tourists through various avenues, the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration has prepared a digital library dedicated to resources on local tourism.
The region’s Creative Economy and Tourism Agency head, Watan Darmawa, said such a move was expected to provide easy access to people looking to learn more about NTT’s natural wonders, which, in turn, would boost local tourism.
“We are in the process of establishing a digital tourism library, which will be filled to the brim with various detailed information about tourism in NTT,” Watan said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara.
He added that the potential of rapid digital development had to be harnessed to promote tourism more effectively.
The digital library would be ready available to potential tourists through internet-enabled smartphones or computers, Watan said.
“Tourists flying to NTT will have access to a treasure trove of information on natural and cultural highlights in the region.”
He said the digital library would also serve as an information center promoting various handcrafted products unique to the region. For instance, information about Nemberala Beach in Rote Ndao regency will promote handcrafted souvenirs in the area such as traditional fabrics and food.
Watan added that the digital library was expected to improve the experience of exploring and discovering natural and cultural gems in the region, following complaints from tourists about the lack of references.
“The digital library initiative will complement our continued efforts to promote local tourism at various international events.”
NTT Governor Victor Laiskodat expressed his optimism about tourism prospects as Labuan Bajo in West Manggarai regency was touted as a “new Bali”. He believed that tourism was the only sector that could give development in the province a huge boost.
In addition to Labuan Bajo, the province is home to many other destinations, including Kupang, Alor, Rote, Ende and Sumba, as well as the popular Komodo National Park. (rfa/kes)