Indonesia again received worldwide attention after one of its major cities was awarded as one of the cleanest tourist cities in the Southeast Asian region. The award was received at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020 event held in Brunei Darussalam on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The ATF is an annual forum involving the tourism industry from 10 member countries including Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. Every year, ATF will be held in different places alternately.
Every two years, this forum will give awards to tourist cities in the ASEAN region that meet the criteria as the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard. Semarang won the title as the cleanest city after defeating a number of other tourist cities in Indonesia such as Denpasar, Yogyakarta, and Bandung. This was not something that was immediately obtained, knowing that the city of Semarang was nominated in 2017 but had not yet had the opportunity to win.
The city of Semarang will hold the title as a clean tourist city until the year 2022. This predicate is expected to bring Semarang city tourism even further, with the target of tourists not only coming from within the country but also abroad, especially Southeast Asia.
The award was received by the Regional Secretary (regional secretary) of Semarang City Iswar Aminuddin because Mayor Hendrar Prihadi was unable to attend. As for some other cities that get the same title is Vung Tau city, Quy Nhon city and Hue city in Vietnam.
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The aim of ASEAN in organizing this awarding event is that ASEAN member countries have tools that will help improve the quality of tourism in their cities, improve marketing and competitiveness but also improve the situation of local people and their livelihoods by reducing poverty.
Not only that, but it is also designed to protect the environment as well as an effort to respond to climate impacts. In his hope, ASEAN member countries can also contribute to the efforts of sustainable development (SDGs) as well.