InJourney to revamp Semarang Old City

We will make it a remarkable (tourist) attraction…

Jakarta (ANTARA) – State-owned tourism holding PT Aviasi Pariwisata Indonesia (Persero) or InJourney is preparing to revitalize the old town of Semarang, Central Java province, as an integrated old town.

“We will develop the old town of Semarang as an integrated old town. In fact, it will be extraordinary,” said President Director of InJourney Dony Oskaria at the “Indonesia Tourism Outlook 2023” here on Wednesday.

Fortunately, 82 percent of the old buildings in the tourism area are state-owned, he said.

“We will renovate it (the old town). We will make it a remarkable (tourist) attraction, where later there will be shopping malls, hotels, cafes, restaurants, and so on, so that the old town (of Semarang) becomes a prominent place. (tourist) destination,” he said.

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Currently, InJourney is focusing on the development of five super priority tourism destinations (DPSPs) of Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Borobudur Temple (Central Java), Mandalika (West Nusa Tenggara), Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara), and Likupang- Manado (North Sulawesi).

The revitalization of the old town of Semarang is part of the development of Yogyakarta-Solo-Semarang or Joglosemar tourism area, which is the buffer area of ​​Borobudur Temple DPSP in Magelang District, Central Java Province.

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Earlier, Oskaria said that the plan to develop the old town of Semarang also aims to preserve the local heritage.

Several tourist sites in the old town of Semarang are in a complex, so they are easier to organize. In addition, the access and infrastructure of the old town were prepared by the municipality.

In addition, the Semarang city government is actively involved in managing the tourist area.

The local government has also established a management body for the old town, so InJourney considers it one of the most advanced tourist destinations in Indonesia.

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The old town of Semarang is popular for historical buildings with European architecture.

The area was once the center of economic activity during the Dutch East Indies era.

Since 2016, the name of the old city of Semarang has been proposed for the status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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