06.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Workshop on the Finalization of the Borobudur Tourism Management Plan held on 2 November 2012 in Borobudur, Central Java, Indonesia

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A workshop on the finalization of the Borobudur Tourism Management Plan was organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy at Manohara Centre of Borobudur Study on 2 November 2012. The overall goal of the workshop was to bring key stakeholders together from the local community, tourism associations, tourism industries, academics, and the government in order to finalize a tourism management plan with a clear vision, objectives, strategies, as well as short-term, medium-term and long-term programs.

The workshop was attended by some 50 participants from a range of institutions and backgrounds including the Borobudur Destination Management Organization (DMO), PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko, the Borobudur Conservation Office, UNESCO Office Jakarta, local government institutions, local villages, local NGOs, as well as the Local Working Group (LWG) of the Borobudur DMO.

The workshop was opened by the Head of Tourism and Culture Office of Magelang Regency who conveyed his hope that Borobudur DMO can help improve the financial revenue within the district to benefit the local community. Mr. Erman Mardiansyah, the DMO Coordinator of Cultural Cluster from The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, then delivered some remarks on the importance of the support of all stakeholders for the successful implementation of the Borobudur Tourism Management Plan. Mr. Erman also gave the audience an insight into the DMO program the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has been undertaking across Indonesia, including the implementation of 15 new DMOs.

The first half of the workshop featured presentations from DMO expert, Mr. Yuwana Mardjuka; Borobudur DMO facilitator, Ms. Yani Adriani; and the Secretary of LWG Borobudur DMO, Mr. Wito Prasetyo. The presentations covered a range of topics including the importance of the tourism management plan, the importance of joint commitment and cooperation, an explanation of the work plan of the LWG of the Borobudur DMO, and finally a detailed outline of the draft of the Borobudur Tourism Management Plan.

At the end of the first session, the Head of Culture Unit UNESCO Office Jakarta, Mr. Masanori Nagaoka, commented on the importance of the collaboration between the central government, local government and local community as a forum to help realize the tourism management plan. Mr. Nagaoka also outlined that UNESCO strongly supports the current initiatives and commitments by all parties to working together in the safeguarding of the Borobudur Temple Compounds.

The second half of the workshop featured a discussion on the Tourism Management Plan Draft and Joint Commitment finalization. Participants were actively engaged in the discussion where they had the opportunity to give inputs on the main strategies and objectives of the Borobudur tourism development. The results of this discussion will be formulated into a Joint Commitment that will be signed by all related stakeholders.

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