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Summer School IMAGINE – ICTs to promote sustainable heritage tourism in Indonesia

Summer School IMAGINE – ICTs to promote sustainable heritage tourism in Indonesia

The 2022 edition of the USI UNESCO Chair Summer School has been realized in collaboration with Trisakti School of Tourism, in Indonesia, from 16th until 23th of August, with the title: “IMAGINE – ICTs to promote sustainable heritage tourism in Indonesia”.

The school has had 28 participants, from seven countries: Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Serbia, Switzerland, Thailand and USA. The participants from Indonesia were representing the following provinces: Jakarta, North Sumatra and South Sulawesi.
Through classes, meetings with academic and industry experts and site visits, participants were able to approach several elements of the incredibly rich heritage of Indonesia, reflecting on how digital media can be implemented and orchestrated in order to promote sustainable tourism and a better understanding of heritage. A particular focus of the Summer School has been on the Batik textile heritage, which has been inscribed by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009.

Site visits have included four cities – Jakarta, Bogor, Solo and Yogyakarta; two World Heritage sites – Prambanan Temple Compounds and Borobudur Temple Compounds; two Royal Palaces – Mangkunegaran and Yogyakarta, Bogor Botanical garden and Zoological Museum, as well as workshops, companies and museums, such as Museum Tekstil, Museum Nasional, Museum Danar Hadi and Museum Radya Pustaka.

The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, Dr. H. Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, has greeted participants through a video message, appreciating the activities and hoping that through the school activities are developed, which attract foreign visitors to Indonesia.

President of Trisakti of Tourism Fetty Asmaniati hopes the participants will share best practices and inspire more diverse collaborations between participants to develop and promote sustainable tourism in UNESCO World Heritage Sites through the communication technology.

Participants have also been greeted by Moe Chiba, Section Chief and Programme Specialist for Culture at UNESCO Jakarta Office, they have also learned about important initiatives to involve local communities by Diana Setiawati, from the Cultural Unit of UNESCO Indonesia.

Beside instructors from Trisakti and USI UNESCO Chair, further speakers have been Dr. Hendro Wicaksono, Directorate of Scientific Collection Management. National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN); Prof. Dr. Ir. Eni Harmayani, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Technology Gadjah Mada University; Mayjen TNI Dr. Budi Pramono as a Permanent Lecturer at the Republic of Indonesia Defense University; Sisca Soewitomo, Culinary Expert; Didiet Maulana Founder of Ikat Indonesia; Hokky Situngkir, Researcher and Founder of Indonesia Digital Cultural Library; and Ade Kadarisman, Founder & Researcher of Sustainable Development Goal Center.

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