The Batam City Government gets Rp 2.7 billion in special allocation funds (DAK) for tourism development in 2019. Acting Head of the Batam City Culture and Tourism Office, Ardiwinata said the DAK consisted of physical and non-physical.
“Physical DAK is Rp 2.2 billion, and non-physical is Rp 558 million,” Ardiwinata said at Batam Center on Friday (11/1).
Ardi said the physical DAK will be used for structuring the Dendang Melayu area, Barelang I bridge. As for the arrangement of parking lots, stages, parks, and the construction of gazebos.
“The arrangement of the Malay drum has been carried out by the central government in the last few years, gradually,” he said.
Whereas non-physical DAK will be used to improve tourism human resource capabilities. Such as providing training for marine tourism guides, communities in tourism areas based on “homestay”, and so on.
“The potential for our maritime tourism is great. But human resources to support them are still small. Then we need to give training. Later this maritime tour was also supported by the development of ‘home stay’. So travelers who come can stay in people’s homes on the island. Tourism is returning to nature like this is in demand, “he said.