Several agreements have been inked to develop infrastructure in tourism sites (Photo: thejakartapost.com)

Jakarta (VNA)
– Indonesia’s Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has inked cooperation agreements with seven regional administrations for the construction of infrastructure for local residents in tourism areas.

The ministry’s housing and utilities director general Sri Hartoyo said that the projects cover roads in residential areas, drainage systems and clean water networks, for which tender bids are still in process.

The construction is scheduled to begin this year and is expected to complete next year.

Sri Hartoyo said supporting facilities for locals in the tourism areas are important so that the people there live decently, adding that the ministry also hopes that it will help them support tourism activities in their areas.

The seven tourism areas are Borobobudur in Central Java, Morotai island in Maluku, Labuan Bajo tourism site in East Nusa Tenggara, Wakatobi National Park in Southeast Sulawesi, Thousand Islands in Jakarta, Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park in East Java.

Some 1 trillion of rupiahs (75.1 million USD) is allocated for the seven agreements.

Indonesia is striving to welcome 20 million tourists by 2019, doubling current figure of 12 million people per year. The country plans to receive 15 million foreign holiday-makers this year.

Last year, the tourism sector contributed 172 trillion rupiahs (nearly 13 billion USD) to the state budget.-VNA