Programme to provide homestay experience, traditional culture to students

|     Danial Norjidi     |

TWENTY-FIVE ASEAN and Korean university students will be gathering in Desa Wisata Nglanggeran, Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the ASEAN Community-based Tourism (CBT) Programme 2018 from January 3-7, 2019.

The ASEAN-Korea Centre announced yesterday that it will be organising the CBT Programme under the theme, ‘Youth Fostering Sustainable Tourism Development’.

According to a press release, CBT is a form of tourism that seeks to empower local communities by allowing village members’ participation in developing tourism products so that profits may return to the community.

The 25 ASEAN and Korean university students will gather in Desa Wisata Nglanggeran to have a unique homestay experience, learn traditional culture, and visit representative tourist sites. It was also shared that, especially for this year, students will produce a travel magazine which will be uploaded on Naver Travel Plus and the Centre’s social media channel.

Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre Lee Hyuk said, “Desa Wisata Nglanggeran is located in Mountain Api Purba which has been selected as one of the UNESCO Global Geopark sites.

“It won the ASEAN Community-based Tourism Award in 2017 and ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award in 2018 recognised for the community’s efforts to conserve natural environment and to develop sustainable tourism in the region.”

“I hope this programme could provide a platform for ASEAN and Korean youth to learn more about the community-based tourism and become an advocate for sustainable development in ASEAN,” he added.

The five-day programme will offer a variety of experiences that include learning Karawitan (traditional musical instrument), Reog and Jathilan (traditional dance), and Batik (traditional dyeing technique), as well as a number of visits.

The press release goes on to note that, in 2015, the ASEAN Secretariat announced ‘ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025’ which aims to increase the number of community-based tourism projects from 43 to over 300 by 2025.

Since then, the ASEAN-Korea Centre has organised the ASEAN Community-based Tourism Programme to support sustainable and inclusive tourism in ASEAN.

The first ever CBT was held in Banghuris, Malaysia followed by in Seri Tanjung, Brunei in 2016 and in Ban Mae Kampong, Thailand in 2017, added the press release.