JAKARTA (BPN) – Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf) expected that ecotourism products in Indonesia will attract many tourists after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, according to the ministry’s press release on Thursday.
The Ministry’s Deputy of Tourism Products and Events Rizki Handayani during an Ecotourism Webinar, Wednesday (19/5/2020), explained that this pandemic changes the types and management of destination including ecotourism activities.
Therefore, an evaluation and re-arrangement of ecotourism travel pattern that has been adjusted with the new normal condition are necessary.
“We predict the nature-based tourism or outdoor activities will be the fastest to rebound because ecotourism is not mass tourism but special interest tourism. In the future, we will focus on Ecotourism and Wellness Tourism,” Rizki Handayani said.
Meanwhile, Director of Indonesia Ecotourism Network (INDECON) Ary S. Suhandi explained Ecotourism, Adventure Tourism, and Wellness Tourism are expected to be the most demanded products after the pandemic ends.
Especially for activities with small and active groups such as outdoor interactions, nature education activities for families, and activities that contribute to nature conservation.
“Adventure has a great opportunity, especially activities in small groups and dynamic, such as trekking, snorkeling, and diving. Wellness Tourism is also predicted to rebound quickly. Many people need high routine post-work fitness in which urban people from the city being the market,” he said.
Ary explained, ecotourism is one of the ways to increase tourist’s concern on the importance of maintaining the environmental quality of the area where they travel, only in the context of ecotourism needs to be improved, in which foreign exchange profits are not the only orientation, but also to think about the preservation and involvement of local communities.
“COVID-19 has taught us many things, besides risk mitigation, one of which is the importance of visitor management, managing quotas, and dividing large groups into small groups during tourism activities,” he said.
Meanwhile, Director of Via Via Tour & Travel Sry Mujianti said that there will be a new travel pattern after the pandemic.
The combination of nature and culture usually become the main choice for tourists. This will be more complete if supported by strong interpretations in each destination.
“As an example, for the Jogja-Solo-Semarang (Joglosemar) cluster, it usually connects the city-village. Then, there is the East Java cluster, from Malang to Banyuwangi. Tourists will prefer to travel relatively short distances or take a shorter time,” she said.