Bima, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), is no less beautiful than other destinations. For this reason, this destination continues to improve so that it does not lag behind other regions in the national tourism industry. “Bima will now compete against the other tourist destinations in Indonesia,” said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, during a visit to Maria Tourism Village, Wawo Subdistrict, Bima District, NTB, after visiting historical sites remaining to exist until these days, namely the Uma Lengge, on Sunday (Jun 13).
Uma Lengge is a traditional building of the Mbojo tribe who inhabits the area now included in the Wawo Subdistrict, Bima District. Uma Lengge is conical in shape on the roof, and in ancient times the Uma Lengge was used as a residence by the Wawo people and partly used as a rice barn.
Uma Lengge cultural tourist attraction is very rare. “It retains high historical value because this is a cultural heritage site from the ancestors of the Mbojo tribe which has high historical value and uniqueness in the tourism industry. We will continuously provide assistance for the Maria Tourism Village so that this tourist attraction grows and becomes a new tourist destination in Indonesia,” he said.
According to Sandiaga Uno, the assistance includes all aspects needed by tourism villages such as by preparing a tourism village development plan followed with human resource development, increasing the knowledge and skills of tourism village residents. It is then followed with mentoring tourism village institutions, as well as physical or infrastructure development involving the ministry and related institutions.
“Hopefully, the revival of tourism starting from the tourism village will be a milestone in the revival of the economy. We want tourism villages to be present to open up economic opportunities and open up employment and business fields as widely as possible to improve the economy of the people who really need help. In the national development program, many things have not been touched and for us this is a program that is fair and on target,” he said.
Sandiaga also revealed that direct impact of visits to tourism villages carried out by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has spurred a very significant increase in the village economy. “We received a report that Pujon Kidul Tourism Village in Malang District shows increasing visits after being touched by the visit of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in the Indonesian Tourism Village Award 2021 program. Well, this is concrete support that we have extended,” he added.
Sandiaga Uno hoped that the tourism villages having been visited by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will be able to grow well. “Likewise, I hope that the Maria Tourism Village with Uma Lengge will also increase its visits, so that it will open up business fields for the villagers here,” he concluded. (BTN/015)