Technical Guidance for Sustainable Tourism Management in Maluku Province

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency of the Republic of Indonesia, Deputy for Resources and Institutions, is organizing Co-Assignment activities for the 2023 Fiscal Year in 34 provinces throughout Indonesia through Technical Guidance for the Management of Sustainable Tourism.

Why do we need to apply the concept of sustainable tourism? To ensure the balance of various interests (economic, socio-cultural and environmental) to protect and enhance resources and, at the same time, meet the needs of all stakeholders (current and future) and support the preservation of ecological balance and improve competitiveness. A Long-term strategy is needed to achieve sustainable tourism growth, nurture the tourism industry’s development and secure the tourism industry’s sustainability as an economic and social force by focusing on environmental sustainability, building industrial diversity, and ensuring innovation and strategic improvement for productivity.

Through the Co-Administration Program, the Tourism Office of the Maluku Provincial Government organizes Technical Guidance Activities for Sustainable Tourism Management in Ambon City. The Technical Guidance was attended by 35 participants from tourism actors in Maluku Province. Following the letter from the Head of the Tourism Office of the Maluku Provincial Government, number: 500.13.1/889 dated 27 June 2023, appointed Riza Firmansyah, who was also recommended by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency as a resource person for this activity. Riza Firmansyah is a lecturer at the Faculty of Tourism at Pancasila University with substantial experience in sustainable and community-based tourism. Apart from that, it is also supported by an excellent educational background, such as a Masters’s degree in natural resource management and the Environment-IPB, and various publications and research in sustainable and community-based tourism.

The dynamics of implementation and understanding of sustainable tourism in Maluku Province is very high. The negative impacts caused by tourism activities, such as waste and social conflict, must find a solution immediately. In this activity, Maluku Province tourism actors shared the negative and positive impacts of tourism activities at their destinations. The resource persons also provided suggestions for solutions based on solid experience and knowledge of sustainable tourism. In general, sustainable tourism can work well with the collaboration and coordination of tourism stakeholders, namely academics, the private sector, local communities, government and media.

The Communication and Information Office of Maluku Province also supports this technical guidance activity with coverage support from Maluku TV on this activity.