Rising from the Pandemic

April 21, 2020
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Sustainable Tourism

There are many interesting stories about how local communities have embraced the Sustainable Tourism concept defined by UNWTO as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities"

We have been working hard with our local guides to capture them on several 360 videos that carry this theme on the following titles.

Rising From the Pandemic - A Tale of Bukit Porong Tourism Village

Bukit Porong, Coal Village, East Nusa Tenggara

A new community-based tourism destination, Bukit Porong was established in the midst of the pandemic heights in 2020 by a group of village youths in Coal Village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia as a response to the pandemic that crippled the chances of some of these village youths to seek employment.

Bukit Porong or 'Hills of Hope' is the name they gave to this community-based tourism destination reflecting their hopes and others who have come to this place to enjoy the tranquillity and hospitality of the village communities who live there.

Impact Adventures BAKTI Kominfo has been involved in developing the local talents in their digital skills, experience design and product development skills, photography and videography skills since 2021 and now working with local talents in developing their 360 video production skills to better tell their stories to the world.

This village has also applied the Sustainable Tourism concept by procuring all produce they have planted on-site in a farm to plate concept, providing a source of income for local farmers that will in turn benefits their community-based tourism business model.

Join us to see their story in the hyper-realistic 360 videos that can be accessed here

Caci Dance of Manggarai Regency

In the 360 video developed in collaboration with the youths from Bukit Porong tourism village, we have captured several activities including Caci Dance and other performances as well.

Caci is a form of fighting with a whip or stick. It is indigenous to Flores in East Nusa Tenggara, but is also practised in neighbouring islands of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia.

Caci is mainly performed by Manggarai people distributed within the greater Manggarai cultural area of western parts of Flores island, which today consists of three regencies; West, Central, and East, and also the neighbouring Ngada Regency. Caci performance is most prevalent in Manggarai Regency, especially in the town of Ruteng, where this ritual whip fight has become a major element of its people's cultural identity. Originated as a part of harvest ritual, this whip duelling spectacle has grown to become an attraction for foreign as well as domestic visitors.

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