Joint Scoping Mission on Sustainable Tourism Development and Decent Work in West Nusa Tenggara and North Sumatra: Stakeholder Validation Workshop

The Government of Indonesia has prioritized 10 tourism destinations across the country which is called “the next 10 Bali’s”. A large amount of funding has been allocated to transform these areas to be world class tourism hot spots.

Objectives

The main objective of the activity is to be able to validate the proposed project concept with the key stakeholders and incorporate additional feedback and inputs from them in order to finalize the design.

The activity should also be a venue to sound off the initial ideas of the project proposal to those who are the likely beneficiaries, intermediaries and supporters of the project at the local level. In doing this, the participants, who are the identified tourism stakeholders from the localities, can provide immediate feedback, inputs and updates on the proposed actions, thereby enhancing the design and viability of the project concept.

Background

During a meeting in January 2019 between the International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Director and the Minister of Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs (KEMENKOMAR), both parties recognized and welcomed the opportunity to jointly collaborate on development projects for Indonesia. KEMENKOMAR also oversees tourism development and they have requested ILO’s technical assistance on tourism development and job creation.

The Government of Indonesia has prioritized 10 tourism destinations across the country which is called “the next 10 Bali’s”. A large amount of funding has been allocated to transform these areas to be world class tourism hot spots. In addition to developing the infrastructure such as roads, airports and ports, it is also paramount to develop the capacity of local human resources and involve local communities in tourism activities so that benefit of tourism promotion reaches local people through employment and business opportunities.

With the intent to support this government priority , ILO and KEMENKOMAR initiated the conduct of Joint Scoping Missions in two destinations, Lombok and Lake Toba areas, to prepare a project concept and discuss with local stakeholders, gathering information necessary for implementation design.

Two missions were completed by the ILO-KEMENKOMAR Team, on February 2019 in Lake Toba area and on Mar 2019 in Lombok. In both locations, the team met and discussed with respective the local government and tourism stakeholders, gathered information and first-hand observations on the context and current conditions in these destinations. The immediate result is the preparation of a draft concept for a proposed development project, which aims to support local community development, job creation & sustainability through a circular tourism economy approach.

To further refine the various prospects being incorporated into the project concept, both ILO and KEMENKOMAR wishes to convene the key stakeholders for a validation workshop that can facilitate feedback and iterative discussions. In this manner, the proposed concept can integrate localized perspectives and realistic expectations early on, to help bring about inclusivity and ownership at the core of the project design process.