2 December 2010 marked an important stage in the development of Flores as a new tourist destination when Mr. Agustinus Ch Dula, the newly elected Regent of West Manggarai on behalf of West Manggarai province received the award for the Most Unique Destination at the Indonesia Tourism Award 2010. The award presentation was attended by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jero Wacik, Director General of Marketing, Mr. Sapta Nirwandar and SWA Chief Editor Kemal Effendi Gani. The award is an appreciation dedicated to regencies and cities as well as national tourism players to continuously develop, promote and strengthen all tourism sectors in the Indonesian Archipelago to attract more travellers visiting Indonesia to achieve the targeted seven-million visitors for 2010.
The prestigious award was presented on 2 Desember 2010 by The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia in association with SWA Magazine as a result of a survey done in 25 cities and regencies from 16 Augustus - 14 October 2010 involving 1,169 respondents consisting of 1,470 local tourists and 149 overseas travellers. The survey questionnaire comprised best city/regency in tourist services, the most favourite tourist destination, most favourite tourism object, best tourism support service which is divided into nine sub-categories: non-starred hotel, starred-hotel, airline, tour operator/travel agent, taxi, restaurant, golf, spa service provider and shopping mall. Another category is also dedicated to provinces with highest committment in tourism development.
Source and photo courtesy of:
Mr. Paulus Selasa, Head of Tourism Department of West Manggarai Regency
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