Tourism’s Rapid Growth in the Province of West Papua

THE HOTEL AND TOURISM SECTORS IN THE PROVINCE OF WEST PAPUA ARE
PROMISING SECTORS BUT THEIR CURRENT CONTRIBUTIONS ARE ONLY ABOUT 0.19%
OF WEST PAPUA’S TOTAL GDP.



However, the growth of the hotel and tourism sectors in West
Papua province is quite rapid. In 2010 alone, the number
of hotels in West Papua is already 80 units, consisting of
10 starred hotels and 70 Budget hotels. Most starred hotels are
spread in Fakfak, Manokwari and Sorong districts.
The number of tourist destinations in West Papua in 2010
was 79 destinations, consisting of 20 nature tourist destinations, 8
tourist destinations tirta / bahari, 32 cultural tourism destinations,
and 19 agro tourism destinations.

Papua’s tourist destination, which the world currently knows,
is the underwater tourist destination in Raja Ampat Islands.
West Papua province is actually known for its exotic natural
panoramic beauty, and most of the natural panorama is still very
natural and untouched by tourism’s commercialization. Most
tourist destinations in West Papua are not exposed, therefore are widely unknown to the public.
One of the popular tourist
destinations is the underwater
tourism at Raja Ampat Islands,
which has at least 610 islands
and only about 35 islands
are inhabited. The water of
Raja Ampat is one of the
world’s 10 best water sites for
diving activities. Even now, its
underwater flora and fauna
is number one for totality and
biodiversity.

Another nature tourism
mainstay of West Papua is
Cendrawasih Bay National
Park (TNTC) located in Teluk
Wondama Regency. TNTC has
a 500 km long coastline with
a land area of 68,200 ha, a
sea area of 1,385,300 ha, with
80,000 ha of coral reefs and
12,400 ha of ocean.

In the ecotourism sector,
in the Bird’s Head island of Papua, or precisely in Manokwari
regency there is the Arfak Mountain Nature Reserve. This nature
reserve has an area of about 68,325 ha and is located at an
altitude of 2,940 meters above sea level. In this region, there is
also Lake Anggi Giji and Anggi Gita Lake, which is located at an
altitude of 2000 meters above sea level.

Manokwari Regency, there is also a cave that is claimed as
the deepest cave in the world by the French Expedition Team
of Speleology (cave experts). This cave is located in the Lina
Mountains Region in Iranmeba, Didohu district with a cave depth
of 2,000 meters.

Meanwhile, in Kaimana Regency, there are also a beach
attraction and Triton Bay beside the beautiful panoramic Senja in
Kaimana, which is very legendary.

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

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