NTT (faktahukumntt.com), This was stated by the Head of The East Nusa Tenggara Tourism Office, Dr. Marius Jelamu Ardu, M.Sc in International Dialogue between Indonesia Holland together with Cave Radio 97.6 fm Kupang and Disparkokreatif (Wednesday, 01/30/2019).
East Nusa Tenggara is a province in Indonesia covering the eastern part of the East Nusa Tenggara Islands. This province has a capital called Kupang which has 22 districts or cities.
At the beginning of indonesia’s independence, this archipelago was a small Sundanese province whose capital was in the city of Singaraja, now consisting of 3 provinces (successively from the west): Bali, West Nusa Tenggara.
After division, East Nusa Tenggara is aprovince in Indonesia located in the southeastern part of Indonesia. The province consists of several island, including Flores Island, Sumba Island, Timor, Alor Island, Lembata Island, Rote Island, Sabu Island, Adonara Island, Solor Island, Komodo Island, and Palue Island.
This province consists of approximately 550 island, 3 the main island in East Nusa Tanggara are Flores Island, Sumba Island and West Timor Island (commonly called Timor island).
This province is the western occupy on the island of Timor. While the eastern part of the island is the 27th former province indonesia, namely east Timor which became an independent state of East Nusa Tenggara ini 2002.
Marius explained that NTT chose the tourism sector as the main driver of the NTT economy going forward because the tourism sector is indeed the fastest sector that we can use to boost our economy. Many countries choose the tourism sector as the main sector because they see the impact of tourism in improving the welfare of the world community, people in the country. Indonesia was later adopted because Indonesia had a lot of potential in the tourism sector.
Nationally, the President and vice president also chose the tourism sector as one of the key sectors to strengthen the national economy in the future, in addition to energy, maritime and infrastructure development.
“And now is how we synergize between broad economic policies and provincial economies as well as cities throughout East Nusa Tenggara”.
According to Marius, the Governor and deputy governor of NTT have 5 main missions in NTT development in the next five years. One of them is Tourism Development. In addition, the short-term concrete step taken by NTT Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat was to impose sanctions on residents of Kupang who were littering.
This is the initial breakthrough of VBL in building tourism, because in several occasions VBL has always said it will focus on developing tourism in addition to other developments. VBL certainly understands that advanced tourism is not a matter of uniqueness or facilities and infrastructure in a tourist place, but all the elements in it, including cleanliness. Cleanliness is believed to be the main guarantee for tourists to feel comfortable. Hygiene will also provide benefits, both in terms of aesthetics and health.
In the international dialogue, Marius explained that NTT is currently very open to the outside world. Now we can reach the flight from Singapore to Jakarta then Labuan Bajo in the west, Singapore to Jakarta, Jakarta to Kupang in the morning and evening. Then also from Denpasar to Kupang, Surabaya Kupang or Surabaya-Labuan Bajo or now there are 2 flight ports from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo then continue to Ende-Kupang and then Denpasar to Tambolaka-Waingapu.
“So now NTT is a very open area and in the future we will open international shipping from Alor to Dili. This is also an opportunity for us to advance NTT in the future, “said Marius
And as the Governor’s idea of how NTT is the ring of beauty; beauty ring, charm ring that can connect one island with another island, one district with another district either by land, air or sea.
Marius admitted that he was involved in an emotional connection with Father Agus in the State of Mississippi. This good relationship made Father Agus bring his guests from Mississippi to NTT after we reported through Ferbum from memorization, then Agus’ congregation / priest in Mississippi came to memorize to see the beauty in Rote. This is the benefit of international communication. So through this radio we can introduce Indonesia abroad, especially NTT abroad. We will bring NTT to the world and bring the world to East Nusa Tenggara. (Mariani)