JAKARTA, NNC - Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya set Banyuwangi as the Best Festival City in Indonesia. The award was received directly by Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas after launching 'TOP 77 Calendar Event Banyuwangi Indonesia Festival 2018' at Soesilo Soedarman Auditorium, Sapta Pesona Building Jakarta, Ministry of Tourism office, Thursday (2/1/2018).
"The growth of events in Banyuwangi is very rapid, starting in 2012 as many as 12 events, in 2017 then increased to 75 events and this year to 77 events. All these events involve all the potential of the community so as to improve the welfare of Banyuwangi community," said Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya when submitting the award.
Minister Arief Yahya said from the Top 77 Calendar Event Banyuwangi this year, among others, Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival (BEC) is included in the TOP 10 National Events Festival Indonesia 2018, whereas two other events International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen (ITdBI) and Gandrung Sewu belong to TOP 100 National Events.
Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas said the tourism sector succeeded in driving the local economy so that Banyuwangi's per capita income jumped twice from IDR20.8 million in 2010 to IDR41.5 million per person per year in 2016.
"Following the growth of new tourism-based economy centers, the poverty reduction is rapid enough to be 8.79 percent in 2016, much lower than the average of the two-digit province of East Java," said Azwar Anas.
He explained Banyuwangi Regency has intensively mobilized rural-based tourism, and it is a mainstay of current development, based on the criteria of Village Development Index (IDM) of the Village Ministry, Banyuwangi succeeded in upgrading the 'advanced village' status to 134 villages by 2016 from initially 40 villages in 2010 with the number of villages left behind only one village.
Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas stated that there are actually 100 events proposed by the community. The Top 77 Calendar Event has been set this year by exploring the cultural arts, natural beauty, sports to various potential areas that will certainly be an interesting spectacle for tourists.