Head of the Jakarta Cultural Office, Iwan Henry Wardhana, said 1,831 tourism villages were considered for the 2021 Indonesian Tourism Village Awards. The villages were assessed in seven categories: CHSE, tourist attractions, homestays, toilets, souvenirs, digital villages, and creative content, he informed.
"We are very grateful that in this CHSE category, Setu Babakan Betawi Cultural Village or in the nomination called Kampung Betawi Tourism Village ranked first among 50 other tourism villages," Wardhana remarked here on Wednesday.
Moreover, Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, also lauded the achievement, he added.
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"Today, we have reported to Governor Baswedan (about the award), and he is very proud and appreciated it and the management unit of Setu Babakan Betawi Cultural Village," he added.
According to Wardhana, the award was a realization of the motto "Jakarta City of Collaboration", which refers to the active involvement of stakeholders in chieving joint purposes.
The Betawi cultural village passed many stages of selection, starting from the top 300 to top 100, and was finally chosen as one of the best 50 tourism villages, he informed. Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, also visited the village, he said.
"We thank and honor all involved parties such as regional officials unit (SKPD), and those from the village and city level, as well as surrounding communities who helped to realize this result together," Wardhana added.
According to its official website, Betawi Cultural Village is a center for observing Betawi culture, traditions, customs, and arts. The tourism site also offers water activities, agro-tourism, and cultural tours.
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