The International Homestay Promotional Fair 2013

10 Jun 2013 - 13 Jun 2013

The heritage town of Sawahlunto in West Sumatra will be the host of The International Homestay Promotional Fair 2013, to be held on 10 – 13 June 2013 simultaneously with the ASEAN Workshop on Cultural Heritage Tourism to be convened in this city, said Firmansyah Rahim Director General for Tourism Development of the Ministry for Culture and Creative Tourism at a press conference recently.  

 Six ASEAN countries and a number of homestay owners have already registered to participate, in line with the aim of the South East Asian Nations to strengthen tourism bonds among member countries especially from tourism’s economic and social aspects.

The Workshop will also discuss how best to strengthen skills and management of the many homestays, and provide training in skills and management to these small inns and rooms for Bed and breakfast in towns and remote tourist destinations.  Participating homestay owners will also be given the opportunity to visit and compare homestays in Thailand and Malaysia.  

On the occasion. Mayor of Sawahlunto, Amran Nur,  added  that  the town of Sawahlunto, which is already a regular stop in the annual Tour de Singkarak cycling race is determined to develop tourism to this Heritage Mining Town. He assured that Sawahlunto has some of the best and most reliable homestays for those visiting the town.

Before World War II, Sawahlunto was a thriving coal mining town, but has now been abandoned by the industry.  In its stead, the buildings and mining sites have now been transformed to provide the opportunity to  tourists to see and experience for themselves a the ambience of a genuine mining town of Dutch colonial heritage days.


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