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Sandiaga Uno Reveals Five Things a Homestay Must Have

The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) revealed five things that must be owned by tourist lodges (homestays) to be able to help accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector.

"I entrust five special needs for homestays. First, linen (sheets) and towels must be white. Second, there must be WiFi. Third, a clean bathroom with a shower. Fourth, the option to get a television," said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno. in a seminar entitled 'Encouraging Tourism Potential Through Homestay Financing' which was held in a hybrid manner from Solo, Central Java, Tuesday (23/3).

The last thing a homestay must-have, the Minister continued, is to present alternative creative economy products for tourists' dinner or breakfast.

"This is a must because at lunchtime guests are usually outside, traveling," said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno. He said the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has a Government Incentive Assistance Program (BIP), one of which is also provided for the development of homestay businesses in Indonesia. BIP is a program that aims to provide additional working capital and/or investment in fixed assets to tourism businesses and the creative economy. Especially for the tourism or homestay sector, assistance will be provided in the form of working capital to increase the capacity of tourist lodges.

"The linens are not white, the WiFi is not available, the shower does not have hot water. We can increase this and also from the capacity of the business actors," said Menparekraf Sandiaga. 

In addition to distributing BIP, the government collaborates with the private sector in a public-private people partnership scheme, one of which is with PT Sarana Multigriya Financial (SMF) to open access to special financing for homestays.

He added that the BIP program can also be used for labor payments and others.