Citing Malaysias Langkawi Regent Abdullah Azwar

first_imgCiting Malaysia’s Langkawi, Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas of Indonesia’s Banyuwangi regional administration in East Java, told a meeting of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) in Jakarta on Monday that booming tourism in the region can stay in line with Islamic values (to respect the majority Muslim population in the region) while catering to tourists.Like Langkawi, the Regent believes that Bunyuwangi can work with an eco-tourism concept, encouraging visitors to explore the region’s natural beauty, food and festivals while eschewing bars and discos, like those of Bali, that his administration has banned.“We see a good example on Langkawi, Malaysia. The island attracts a lot of tourists without offering indecent stuff,” he said.Also prohibited are hotels with a rating of under 3 Stars. Anwar said such ‘cheap hotels’ encourage ‘sex transactions’ and suggests, instead, that tourists on a budget book into home stay facilities on the island.last_img

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