Sandiaga Uno offers free internet access in West Sumatran village
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno provided free internet access to Apar Village, North Pariaman, West Sumatra, for one year. It aims to support the digital economy in tourist villages enlisted as the Big 50 in the Indonesian Tourist Village Award 2021 (ADWI 2021).
Sandiaga said digitization is one of the government’s attempts to improve the capacity of tourist villages, so that they are able to compete and become sustainable. “Therefore, Internet access or infrastructure would be needed to move the tourist village of Apar to digital,” the minister said during his visit to the village of West Sumatra on Friday, August 27.
Not only the internship connection, Sandiaga Uno also reminded the managers of tourist villages to improve their marketing skills, creating interesting content, product packaging and services for online tourism. Such as creative products, environmentally friendly products, attractive photos and videos, as well as synergy in various fields to get out of the difficult period of the pandemic.
The ministry is focusing on the development of the tourist village to achieve the goal that tourists will visit them after the Covid-19 pandemic can be contained. Free internet access is also available in Talao Pauh village and around Gandoriah beach; which include the parking lot and the main area.
Pariaman Mayor Genius Umar said Sandiaga Uno’s visit also helped promote the area to the public. “We are committed to improving the tourism skills of the city of Pariaman with the aim of increasing the economic growth of the population while respecting the sanitary protocols,” he said.
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