The Important Role of the Hotel Industry in West Papua

Accommodation services or the hotel
industry has an important role in
developing a tourist destination,
not only in improving the convenience
of tourists, but also in the economic
development of a region. With the further
increase in the hospitality industry in a
region, it certainly affects increase in
income, employment and business, and
foreign exchange earnings.

In addition, with the use of resources
and national and regional tourism
potentials, the development of the
hospitality industry can also introduce the
identity and culture of the nation to foreign

West Papua Province has natural
resources that are potential for tourist
destinations, both for domestic and foreign

The number of foreign and domestic
tourists coming to West Papua in the last
three years also continues to increase.
This certainly needs to be balanced by
increasing the provision of hotel rooms and
other accommodation.

In 2015, there were 125
accommodation units in West Papua or
an increase of 6.84% as compared to the
previous year. Of these, as many as 15
units are Starred Hotels, while 110 other
units are in the form of budget hotels,
inns, lodging, guesthouses, cottages, and
others. The location of accommodation is
spread in eight regencies / cities, namely
in regencies of Fakfak (7 hotel units),
Kaimana (7 hotel units), Teluk Wondama
(1 hotel unit), Bintuni Bay (21 hotel units),
Manokwari (30 hotel units), Raja Ampat
(30 hotel units), Sorong City (27 hotel
units). With the addition in the number of
hotels, it will surely increase the absorption
of labor and increase the standard level
of education of the workforce. By 2015,
employment absorbed in the hospitality
sector was 1,696 people where 74.5%
percent were educated in high school or
the equivalent.

Workforce with S-1 level of education
is 10.8% and education level below SMU is
8.7%. While the workforce with education level D-1 s / d D-3 is 5.5%, and level S2 /
S3 is 0.53%.

Room Occupancy Rate (TPK) of
hotels as a whole in West Papua in 2016
reached 41.12%. While star-rated hotels
reached 48.27% and non-star TPK hotels
only reached 33.14%.

Average Length of Staying Guests
(RLTM) is also an indicator of the
development of hotels. Overall, RLTM
(foreign tourists and domestic tourists) in
West Papua Province in 2016 is for 1 - 2
days. While RLTM for foreign tourists in
West Papua is about 2 - 3 days and RLTM
for domestic tourists is about 1-2 days.

Overall, the numbers of foreign
and domestic tourists who came to visit
and stayed in West Papua in 2016 were
188,739 people or an increase of 33.39%
as compared to the previous year.
The numbers of foreign tourists who
came and stayed in West Papua in 2016
were 3,223 people or about 1.77% of the
total tourist guests who came and stayed.

To facilitate accommodation for
foreign and domestic tourists in Fakfak
Regency, there is the Grand Papua
Hotel, Hotel Fakfak, Hotel Sulinah, Hotel
Tembagapura, and Hotel Marcopolo.

In Kaimana Regency, there is
Kaimana Beach Hotel, Grand Kaimana
Hotel, Five Sisters Lodging, and Sinar
Krooy Permai Inn. In Wondama Bay
Regency, there is Hotel Wasior. In Bintuni
Bay Regency, there are Hotel Steenkool,
Cahaya Tanete Lodging, Lodging Kabira,
Lodging Cendrawasih, Lodging Gosyen,
Setia Abadi Lodging, Lodging 77, Lodging
84, Sinar Abadi Inn, and Lodging Central II.

In Manokwari Regency, there is Swiss
Bell-hotel Manokwari, Mansinam Beach
Hotel, Aston Niu Hotel, Hotel Mokwam,
Simple Heritage Hotel, Hotel Mangga,
Hotel Billy Jaya, Hotel Fujita, Hotel
Triton, Hotel Century Inn, Hotel Valdos,
Hotel Nusa Indah, Acropora Cottage and
Restourant, Maras Risen, Waisai Indah,
and Marcy’s Inn.

In Sorong City, there is Hotel Mariat,
Hotel Grand Pacific, Hotel JE - Meredien,
Hotel Waigo, Hotel Cendrawasih, Hotel
Indah, Hotel Citra, The Belagri Hotel &
Convention, The Luxio Hotels & Resorts,
Hotel Swiss Bell, Hotel Paparisa Manisee,
Hotel Tanjung 3, Hotel You and Me, Hotel
Royal Mamberamo, Hotel Guardian Family
and Hotel City View.

Source : Tabloid West Papua 002 Year I - December 15, 2017 - January 14, 2018

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