Indonesia – Youth organization to help promote tourism in East Java

Generasi Pesona Indonesia (Indonesian Charms Generation) or GenPI is an organization of youth volunteers who aim to promote tourism in their respective localities through social media.

Partnering with the Tourism Ministry, GenPI has established five local chapters across Indonesia.

A sixth to be added to the list is that of East Java, which will make an official debut at the Majapahit Travel Fair 2017 this May.

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“Tourism is the future of this nation and allows Indonesia to compete globally,” said the winner of the 2016 Raki Jatim beauty pageant, Tita Oxa Anggrea. “There are plenty of ideas and concepts to promote local tourism that can be implemented via social media.”

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T. Tahmadi, a member of the ministry’s team tasked with speeding up the development of ten priority destinations, noted how the internet impacted the tourism industry. “Everything is becoming digital nowadays, from searching for information to booking hotels. One of the things Lombok did to win the 2016 World Halal Tourism Awards was to conduct promotions through social media; thus, I encourage everyone to post photos and videos of their tourist destinations on social media.”

Source – TheJakartaPost

Indonesia – Divers collect waste in waters around Pramuka Island

Polluted: Waste piles up along the beach at Panarukan Port in Situbondo, East Java.

Dozens of divers cleaned up the waters around Pramuka Island in Thousand Islands regency on Saturday to commemorate National Waste Awareness Day, which fell on Feb. 21.

A total of 40 divers managed to collect around 80 kilograms of rubbish, which mostly consisted of cans, bottles, plastic bags and used tires.

Thousand Islands regency secretary Eric Pahlevi Zakaria Lumbun said the divers were divided into three groups and they dove to depths of up to 12 meters.

“This act of awareness was also accompanied by mangrove planting activities on the western side of the island,” Eric said as quoted by beritajakarta.com. (wnd/ebf)

Source: TheJakartaPost