A tourist village homestay program initiated by the Tourism Ministry has inspired regions across Indonesia to adopt the business model.
The latest being in Gunung Mas regency, Central Kalimantan, which will allocate funds to create a tourist village in Hurung Bunut village, Kurun district.
“This year, we’re going to allocate Rp 10 billion [US$751,000] of special allocation funds [DAK] from the state budget to build road infrastructure in Hurung Bunut village, which is set to become a tourist village,” said Gunung Mas Regent Arton S. Dohong.
Hurung Bunut village is chosen due to its strong mutual cooperation among the residents and unique characteristics.
The people in the village will be given training and mentoring from the national tourist village council, as well as tools to hone the villagers’ skills.
“There isn’t a single tourist attraction there but we’re going to make one,” added Arton.
The head of Gunung Mas Youth Tourism and Sports Agency, Sewantapuja, says that currently there are about 20 families who are ready to become a homestay host.