The city, dubbed the city of Lumpia, was previously included in the nomination for ASEAN Clean Tourist City in 2018.
21 Jan 2020
The city of Semarang, Central Java has won an award as the cleanest city in Southeast Asia at the 2020 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Brunei Darussalam. Secretary of Semarang, Iswar Aminuddin who represented the Mayor of Semarang, Hendrar Prihadi, received the award.
The city, dubbed the city of Lumpia, was previously included in the nomination for ASEAN Clean Tourist City in 2018. However, the award was won by Nan Province, Thailand.
This award also eliminates tourist destinations in neighboring Singapore, as well as other domestic tourist destinations such as Denpasar, Jogja, and Bandung. For the next two years until 2022, this award will belong to Semarang. It is also a challenge to maintain and improve the quality of hygiene.
This award is thanks to several hygiene programs such as the "Semarang Wegah Nyampah Movement" and the ban on the use of straws and plastic bags. Still classified as low vehicle gas emissions and the presence of Green Open Space (RTH) which reaches more than 30 percent of the total area, are other keys to success.
Unsurprisingly, in 2019, at least 7.2 million tourists visited the city of Loenpia. The government has started to fix this city since the last few years. A number of corners of the city have been beautified to attract more tourists, including revitalizing the Kota Lama area of Semarang, which President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited at the end of 2019. In fact, Kota Lama (Old Town) is proposed to receive a UNESCO World Heritage Site stamp in the future.
The Head of the Semarang City Culture and Tourism Office, Indriyasari, expressed his joy at the slick achievements of this spring roll city. According to him, the city of Semarang should be proud of all development efforts that have achieved positive results. Indriyasari also said that this award has a positive impact on the tourism world of the city of Semarang, which is increasingly recognized by tourists. With this award, he hopes to continue to maintain the good predicate that has been pinned in the city of Semarang.