Sentani, Jayapura, Depapre District (ANTARA) – Head of Depapre District, Jayapura Regency Yahaya Yerisetouw, said that several tourist attractions in Depapre district have started to reopen and the number of community visits to tourism locations in the area is gradually normal.
“Currently, tourism has gradually normalized,” said Depapre Yahya Yerisetouw Head of Depapre district in Sentani, Thursday.
He said, the life of the tourism sector in the region made economic growth for the community also gradually recovered. He said, with the revival of the tourism sector in the region, it can have an economic impact on the local people who inhabit the area.
Because in several villages in the Depapre district some people have started to depend on the tourism sector to support the daily lives of local residents.
“There are several tourist locations such as Tablanusu, Tablasupa and several other places that have begun to be visited by visitors. This certainly provides a fresh air for the people,” he said.
He admitted that related to the health protocol in tourism areas, his party had collaborated with the village government to ensure that each tourism place had to implement a health protocol in accordance with government recommendations.
“Through the district task force and also at the village level, we have worked together to coordinate and communicate so that these tourism places must implement health protocols such as mandatory masks, providing a place to wash hands and every visitor is obliged to maintain a distance,” he said.
A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.
Since the democratization in 1998, especially since 2007, democracy by mean of elections has been introduced to increase political participation in Papua and West Papua. The fact that the leaders of Papua and West Papua provinces are democratically elected by the people has strengthened the legality of West Papua as a province of Indonesia.