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Once upon a time: Indonesia to employ storytelling, narrative in tourism recovery strategy

first_imgThe government is turning to the power of storytelling to promote the country’s major tourist destinations, which will likely involve help from social media influencers, to revive the sector that has been deeply impacted by the pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, in his annual state address and financial note speech at the House of Representatives on Aug. 14, stated that the approach, dubbed “storynomics,” would utilize the strength of narration and creative and cultural content to promote the country’s tourist spots. It will be part of the government’s allocation of Rp 14.4 trillion (US$972.6 million) to fund tourism recovery efforts next year.The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s undersecretary for tourism products, Rizki Handayani, stated that the government believed tourists would stay longer and spend more at tourist destinations if they understood the tales and contexts surrounding the destinations. “As we shift our focus to quality tourism, we aim to offer experiences to tourists. What the President means by storynomics is providing tourists stories and narration behind the destination, which would amaze them and spur a sense of adventure so they stay longer,” she told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Aug. 15.The average length of stay for foreign tourists in starred hotels in the country stood at 2.77 days in December 2019, slightly down from 2.87 days in December 2018, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data.The pandemic has continued to reduce foreign visits to the country, as foreign arrivals fell by 59.96 percent year-on-year to 3.09 million in the first half of the year, amid international border closures and travel restrictions, according to BPS data.With the decreasing visits, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) estimated that the ongoing health crisis had wiped Rp 85 trillion of Indonesia’s tourism revenue as of mid-July. The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry expected a full recovery of foreign tourist arrivals by 2025, while it predicted 2.8 million to 4 million foreign visitors by year-end, a far cry from the government’s initial target of 18 million visitors.To support the promotional initiative, Rizki said the ministry would use the help of online influencers to promote stories and tales of Indonesia’s tourist destinations to lure foreign visitors.“We would also need online influencers to market our destinations in the future. However, they should also have to tell the story behind the destination and attractions inside their promotional material to inspire visits,” she said.Read also: Jokowi sets sights on economic recovery, structural reform in 2021 state budgetIndonesia boasted 160 million social media users as of January 2020, up 12 million from last year, according to a digital report by social media management Hootsuite and global agency We Are Social.It will also provide training for locals at tourist attractions to become interpreters and guides, while also building supporting infrastructure, such as placards and signage, which will tell the location’s stories. The stories should be educational while still enticing, she said.“Our first step will be building the story for the destinations. Then, we will train the locals on how to tell stories and interpret the meaning of those stories to tourists,” she said.Aside from the promotional strategy, the government will also channel funding for infrastructure development in the so-called super priority tourist destinations, namely Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Likupang in North Sulawesi, according to Jokowi’s speech.Gadjah Mada University (UGM) head of master and doctoral programs in tourism studies, M. Baiquni, told the Post on Tuesday that the government’s storynomics idea could lure corporate and high-end tourists in the future.“I think knowledge-based tourism, which was previously described as storynomics, could be transformed into a comprehensive tourism product that would improve the quality of travelers’ experience,” he said.He added that travel companies could also work together with academia to provide deep knowledge and interpretations of the tourist destinations for high-end tourists.Baiquni said the government could learn from Amsterdam’s canal tour in the Netherlands regarding knowledge-based tourism, which extends tourists’ spending and length of stay.“In the Amsterdam canal tour, tourists are provided audio with multiple language options that tell the history of the surrounding areas and building. Those tourists can visit the area by themselves and thus increase the chance of them spending more while extending their visits,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

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Claressa Shields’ potentially historic fight vs. Ivana Habazin rescheduled for Oct. 5

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearShields’ homecoming fight was originally scheduled for Aug. 17, but had to be postponed in June after she suffered a minor injury to her right knee. The 24-year-old vows her knee is fine, and that she’ll be ready to go in less than two months, attempting to add another piece of boxing history to her resume.“I’m more excited than ever. I’m 100 percent recovered and I can’t wait to get back in the ring and fight in front of my hometown fans in Flint as undisputed champion of the world,” Shields said in a Showtime Boxing statement. “Having the opportunity to become world champion in a third weight division faster than any man or woman in boxing history will make Oct. 5 a night I will cherish forever. It’s another big step in history, and giant step forward in lifting women’s boxing on the road to equality.” Here to make history. @Claressashields takes on @IvanaHabazin for the WBO Junior Middleweight Title 10/5 at 9PM ET/6PM PT on @Showtime. #ShieldsHabazin pic.twitter.com/Tp4Pi3EXmU— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) August 6, 2019 Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) is coming off a dominant unanimous decision victory over a previously unbeaten Christina Hammer in April to become only the second undisputed women’s boxing champion in the sport’s history. (Cecilia Brækhus was the first and Katie Taylor became the third woman to accomplish the feat in June).Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs), who is ranked first by the WBO at 154 pounds, will be making her U.S. debut. The Croatian fighter won the IBF welterweight title in 2014 and last defeated Eva Bajic in Zagreb, Croatia in December 2018. Claressa Shields already has two Olympic gold medals and the undisputed middleweight crown to her name.She’ll look to continue making history on Oct. 5 when she faces former world champion Ivana Habazin for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title at the Dort Federal Event Center in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Mich., live on Showtime (9 p.m. ET). A win over Habazin would make Shields the fastest fighter in boxing history — male or female — to become a three-division world champion. She has already won the super middleweight and middleweight titles in just nine pro fights. “It’s an honor and a dream to fight in the U.S. on national television,” Habazin said in a news release statement. “A lot of fighters never get this opportunity in their careers, so I know I need to make the most of it. I’ve been training for this fight since June and the postponement has only given me more time to get ready. I intend to put my best effort forward to impress the fans and show that I am for real.”Prior to the rescheduling of this fight, Shields had spoken about fighting Braekhus or, more recently, boxing UFC double champion Amanda Nunes and crossing over to the Octagon for a pair of megabouts (which she vows would be better than Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor).While those fights can still take place, Shields will look for her latest slice of boxing history first.last_img read more

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Palm Beach County approves contract for $2.5 million homeless shelter

first_imgA $2.5 million contract with Gulfstream Goodwill Industries has been approved by Palm Beach County commissioners.The contract is set to provide an emergency shelter for homeless people at a former correctional facility located near the South Florida Fairgrounds.The area has been vacant for a while but has been maintained. Officials say the shelter will have approximately 100 to 125 beds and will serve as a resource center offering medical and behavioral health care, job assistance, along with food and laundry service.Currently there are homeless people living in tents at John Prince Park. Officials say the goal is to relocate them to the new shelter.County leaders have not announced an official opening date for the shelter.last_img read more

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Lindenwood long shot gets shot at NFL combine

first_imgIn this Nov. 9, 2013 file photo, Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir warms up before the start of an NCAA football game against Pittsburg State in St. Charles, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pierre Desir long ago became resigned to the likelihood that his lifelong NFL dream might not come true.The 6-foot-1, 198-pound cornerback had greater responsibilities than impressing a bunch of football scouts. He worked his way through a growing Division II college in St. Charles, Mo. With no athletic scholarship, he supported a wife and two children by devoting more than 20 hours a day to his job, schoolwork, practice and family.So when he starts working out Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium with the other defensive backs at the NFL’s scouting combine, it’s no wonder Desir will seemingly hear the roar coming from the living room back home.In this Nov. 9, 2013 file photo, Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir smiles on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game against Pittsburg State in St. Charles, Mo. Desir starts working out Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Lucas Oil Stadium with the other defensive backs at the NFL’s scouting combine. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)“It’s a combine party,” he said, explaining how his family and parents planned to watch the workouts on television. “I can almost see my 7-year-old daughter, yelling ‘Go Daddy’ and not knowing which one I am out there.”For years, it seemed nobody knew about Desir or whether he would ever make it big.Low scores on college entrance tests sabotaged his chance to play at a Division I school. Two successful seasons at Washburn College in Kansas, his first Division II school, raised Desir’s football profile. It dropped again when he moved back near St. Louis, where both sets of parents could help out. When he tried to resurrect his football career at Lindenwood University, officials at Washburn, a conference rival, refused to grant his release, preventing Desir from getting a scholarship.But Desir didn’t fret. He went to work.“What happened is that I would wake up at about 5 in the morning, get my older daughter ready for school, go to the temporary service and they’d pick out a few guys to go to different work stations,” he said. “You might work on the sewers or in the sewers. I’d go to class, say 11 to 2 or something and then after school, I’d go pick up my daughter. Last year, I had to do the same thing, but I worked at Charter Communications. So I’d go to school from 10 to 2 and work from 4:30 to 2:30 and then get back up at 5.”Sprinkle in a little football practice and film work to the daily routine and Desir didn’t have much time for anything else.While this 23-year-old draft hopeful might seem to have the unlikeliest story of the players at this weekend’s combine, the hallways at Lucas Oil Stadium are littered with similar stories of trials, tribulations, underdogs and small-school long shots.Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin made his first combine appearance Sunday, one month after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament during a Senior Bowl practice. Colvin only got rid of his crutches last week and says doctors have told him he should be ready to practice by the start of training camp, a promising sign heading into May’s draft.Cornerback Travis Carrie came to Indy after six seasons at Ohio University, enduring hip surgery and two torn labrums in his right shoulder after missing one year in high school so he could recover from heart surgery to repair a birth defect.Baylor cornerback Demetri Goodson followed his heart to Gonzaga, where he played basketball for three seasons, two as the starting point guard. Then he returned to his home state, followed the lead of his NFL playing brother, Mike, and got an extra year of eligibility through an NCAA medical waiver. Last season, after two injury-plagued seasons in Waco, Goodson joined the short list of college athletes who have played in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and a bowl game. He turns 25 in June.“I think they were kind of iffy about it at first,” Goodson said when asked about Baylor’s reception following his basketball stint. “They had to feel me out a little bit and get to know me. After about the third game of the season I think they knew I could play.”Desir never doubted he could play, either.After redshirting in 2008, Desir led the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association with seven interceptions for Washburn in 2009 and followed that with five more picks in 2010. When life became too difficult on the road, Desir and his family packed up and moved back home.Desir wound up enrolling at Lindenwood, which didn’t admit men until 1969, didn’t play football until 1990 and had produced exactly two NFL alums — running back DeDe Dorsey and defensive tackle Brian Schaefering.None of that mattered to the native of Haiti who grew up playing soccer.“I think it speaks to what I’m willing to go through, where my mind was at, and I still wanted to pursue my football dreams,” he said.The football scouts took notice, showing up at practices and games in a locale they had rarely visited. They pored through film and questioned coaches to dig into Desir’s background.What they found was a big cornerback who could hold up against receivers big and small, key traits for NFL teams looking to copy the defensive blueprint of Super Bowl champion Seattle.All Desir has to do now is take advantage of this golden ticket.History says most combine invitees will get drafted and those who make the 53-man roster will earn a six-figure salary as a rookie — putting Desir and his family on the cusp of living in a real dream world.“Being a father helped me become more focused,” said Desir, who would be Lindenwood’s first draft pick. “Now I just have to prove I have the skill set to go out and compete with these guys.”last_img read more

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Zola Budd taking athletics authorities to court

first_imgIn this file photo dated Sunday, Jan. 19, 1997, Zola Budd-Pieterse of South Africa checks her time after she crossed the finish line in the Tokyo City Half Marathon. (AP Photo/Tsugufumi Matsumoto. FILE)CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Zola Budd is still being unfairly treated, her South African running club manager says. This time by athletics officials in her home country. So she’s taking them to court.The distance runner who gained fame as a barefoot teenage sensation in the 1980s is starting legal proceedings in South Africa for an unfair disqualification in a recent marathon, Ray de Vries said.De Vries manages the Hooters Athletics Club, which the now U.S.-based Budd runs for in South Africa. He said the former 5,000-meter world record holder was stripped of her win in the 40-49-year-olds class at the grueling 90-kilometer (56-mile) Comrades Marathon in June for not wearing a separate age category tag on her vest.Yet Budd was instructed by organizers before the race that she didn’t need one, De Vries said. She wants “redress” and lawyers have started proceedings on her behalf, he told The Associated Press. They will take the regional athletics body and the Comrades Marathon Association to court, he said.“It was a homecoming for Zola,” De Vries said of Budd’s Comrades run, where she finished first in her age class and seventh overall in the women’s race. “The whole stadium got up. They went mad. It was just a beautiful, beautiful time after the horribleness of her career. And then it was marred by this silly incident.”Budd, 48, has described her running career as a painful experience.She left apartheid South Africa as a teenager in the early 1980s to compete internationally, and represented Britain at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. But she was blamed for the collision that knocked home favorite Mary Decker out of the 3,000 meters final, and was also later banned for competing at a race in South Africa when it was still under apartheid — though she claimed she only attended the meet and never ran.After her Comrades Marathon disqualification, Budd was quoted by South African media as saying: “I won it fair and square. My whole athletics career has been plagued by politics and interference from administrators who are selective and do not apply the rules consistently. It feels like they are targeting me specifically.”De Vries said other athletes also didn’t wear age tags and Budd was initially reinstated as the winner in her class by race officials, who realized their mistake. But regional body Kwazulu-Natal Athletics overruled that decision, he said.KZN Athletics has denied those claims but didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Budd lost out on around $1,000 in prize money for her disqualification, De Vries said, but it “wasn’t about the money.”“It’s standing up for the principle,” he said.___Gerald Imray is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GeraldImrayAPlast_img read more

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Atoning

first_imgYes, I admit I am a weakling. Ask my good friends and family and they will attest to my lack of physical strength. I’ve made a second career of avoiding exercise, albeit a poor one. It’s a job without payoff or benefits and while I might have been working hard at avoiding hard workouts, my body has paid the price. I was tone deaf.But not any longer. A few weeks ago I began my latest mission — strength training and cardio workouts with my personal trainer Jenny Costello. Everyone should have someone like Jenny. She cares about my nutrition and how I feel overall, she motivates and inspires me. I was at a point in my life where it no longer made sense to avoid a structured exercise routine. Hiring Jenny made complete sense. It was an investment in me — in my well being.Jenny and I were a natural pairing from the start. And knowing how I love a good story, Jenny had one. A resourceful person, she made a career change from finance to fitness so that she could be closer to home to care for her young children. She turned her passion into a business. I love that kind of story.My recent dedication to fitness has helped in all areas of my life. I’m enjoying more of what I took for granted for many years: preserving the precious gift of living well. We all deserve this.Here’s to progress.For more information about Jenny Costello’s personal training sessions and boot camps, call (732) 778-2385.Please e-mail me at emccarthy@tworivertimes.com.last_img read more

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Fair Haven Day Fundraiser at Raven and the Peach Feb. 23

first_imgFAIR HAVEN  – Fair Haven Day is back this year and a fundraiser is being planned to help fund the event.“Everyone had such a great time at last year’s Fair Haven Day to conclude our year-long centennial celebration that there was an overwhelming consensus to bring it back as an annual event, complete with fireworks and live music” Mayor Ben Lucarelli said. “Now we’re asking the town to come out and support it at our Fair Haven Day Fundraiser Gala on Feb. 23.”Fair Haven Day will be held at Fair Haven Fields on Saturday, June 15. Like last year, the community celebration will include live music from Brian Kirk and the Jirks, River Road Band, and a few more local favorites, a buffet picnic and a fireworks finale.“The Fair Haven Day Gala on Feb. 23 promises to be as much fun as last year’s sold out centennial gala,” Council­woman Susan Sorensen said.River Road Band will headline the evening with live music and dancing. Guests will enjoy lavish hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and a VIP wine room, plus a Pot of Gold gift card raffle, auctions and 50/50.Reservations are $65 per person or $125 per couple. Tickets can be purchased by dropping a check off at borough hall.last_img read more