Indonesia and the Netherlands agree to develop sustainable tourism in Lake Toba

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Jakarta. The Dutch Competence Center for Entertainment, Tourism and Hospitality (CELTH) and the DEL Institute of Technology have agreed to contribute to the development of Lake Toba in North Sumatra in order to become a sustainable tourism destination.

The agreement was reached during a series of seminars on sustainable tourism and water quality at Lake Toba at the DEL Institute for Technology in North Sumatra from March 10th to 11th, during which Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima during their three-day state visit participated in Indonesia.

Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Minister of Coordination for Maritime Affairs and Investments, also attended the seminars.

The cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands to create sustainable tourism in Lake Toba will implement the Living Lab concept.

The concept combines the strengths of educational and research institutions from both countries in collaboration with the local community, entrepreneurs and the government.

The implementation in Lake Toba will concentrate in the long term on action-oriented learning based on real-life experiments.

To kick off the cooperation, a workshop was held in Tuktuk on the Samosir island of Lake Toba, which was moderated by CELTH and in which interest groups from community groups, individuals and local governments discussed plans for Lake Toba as a sustainable tourism destination.

The first phase of the Living Lab concept will be implemented in three years with the support of the Provincial Government of North Sumatra, the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, the Dutch Consulate in Medan, Nuffic Neso Indonesia, IT DEL, CELTH and the Wise Steps Foundation.

During one of the seminars, Queen Máxima met with PhD students from Breda University of Applied Sciences who were involved in living lab activities in North Sumatra.

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