What Southeast Asia needs to get right Sustainable tourism: is it even possible? With hundreds of thousands of Chinese, Indian, Russian and other Southeast Asian visitors arriving every day at our beach resorts, historic towns and cities, managing these huge numbers seems like an impossible task. In 2017, Southeast Asia saw 134 million tourist arrivals, up from 113 million in 2016, already higher than ASEAN’s 2020 projection of 123 million. Visitors from China constitute some 28 million of the total, the number one source of tourists to the region. However, ASEAN tourism practitioners keep complaining about poor yields. Chinese tourists come in droves, but the perception is that economic benefits to local communities are limited. Indeed, the costs sometimes outweigh the positives. For instance, the region’s once pristine islands and beaches may well be close to an environmental apocalypse if the authorities don’t intervene to halt the degradation. It … [Read more...] about News Boracay island reopens: Is sustainable tourism now the benchmark?
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Raja Ampat in West Papua is always worth a visit, and a festival will add to the archipelago’s appeal next month. Waisai, the capital of the regency of Raja Ampat on Waigeo Island will be the main venue of the Raja Ampat Charm Festival, which will run from Oct. 18-21."The magnificent beauty of the Raja Ampat islands serves as its main attraction. However, you will also be taken to snorkel and dive spots around the island. As you know, Raja Ampat has been declared one of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world by CNN Travel. Hence, this is a haven for divers and snorkelers," said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, as quoted by tempo.co on Monday. Read also: Raja Ampat easier to reach thanks to Garuda's new Jakarta-Sorong serviceVisitors can expect to explore the marine richness of Raja Ampat at the festival, which includes whales, dolphins, dugongs, turtles and many more. The destination also serves as the heart of the Coral Triangle.Art performances and traditional … [Read more...] about Raja Ampat festival to lure tourists in October
Baer Island in Maluku hardly rings a bell for most vacationers. As part of Kei Islands, Baer Island actually offers beautiful scenery comparable to Raja Ampat in West Papua. According to kompas.com, Baer Island is still untouched. Travelers can still visit the island without paying an entrance fee. All they need to do is rent a longboat from Dullah or Watdek Ports. With prices starting from Rp 500,000 (US$34.50), a longboat can accommodate up to 15 people. Read also: Guide to visiting Raja Ampat for first-timers The journey takes around an hour. Once the boat enters the bay, travelers will see picturesque views of turquoise sea surrounded by hills, similar to Raja Ampat. Behind the pier, travelers can find a blue lagoon. Here, sea lovers can go swimming or snorkeling. Those brave enough can jump into a lagoon from a 20-meter cliff. Alternatively, visitors can also go hiking. However, the activity can be a tad challenging as there are no facilities, such as stairs. Since there are … [Read more...] about Baer Island, holiday alternative to Raja Ampat
Indigenous communities from 19 villages at the Dampier Strait Marine Protection Area (MPA) in Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, declared on Tuesday the customary fishing area in the regency, asserting their commitment to conserve marine ecosystems and utilize resources sustainably. “The customary fishing area in Raja Ampat is a system that regulates members of the indigenous Maya tribe in maintaining and utilizing the sea and its fishery resources wisely and responsibly,” said Kristian Thebu, the chief of the Maya Tribe Council, in a statement on Wednesday. The declaration will lead people of eight villages living on Batanta Island as well as 11 others on Salawati Island to agree to protect the 211,000 hectares of marine area, securing sustainably the livelihoods of 2,000 households on both islands. Such a declaration is considered helpful for the MPA management in managing the area thanks to “community involvement in planning and management,” according to Raja … [Read more...] about Papua indigenous communities declare ‘customary fishing area’ in Raja Ampat
The Fauna and Flora International Indonesia Program (FFI-IP) has revealed that two species of Cenderawasih (bird of paradise) are endemic only Raja Ampat, West Papua. They are the red Cenderawasih (Paradisaea rubra) and bald Cenderawasih (Respublica diphyllodes), according to Maurits Kafiar, FFI-IP coordinator of biodiversity and community development. The population of these birds has yet to be confirmed. The two species can only be found in Waigeo Island and Batanta Island of Raja Ampat, Maurits said as quoted by Antara (https://www.antaranews.com/berita/701711/ada-dua-cendrawasih-endemik-raja-ampat). Read also: Raja Ampat easier to reach thanks to Garuda's new Jakarta-Sorong service Raja Ampat is home to eight species of Cenderawasih, six of which also live in other parts of Papua. The Cendrawasih population on Waigeo Island increases every year, from the recorded number of 24 birds spotted in 2015 to 47 in 2017. The increase is largely due to a greater awareness … [Read more...] about Endemic Cenderawasih species of Raja Ampat