21st AJI Research Frontline Seminar on "A Study on The Competitiveness of Indonesian Post-mining Cities as Tourist Destinations”
The 21st AJI Research Frontline Seminar was held on July 21, 2020 through online, and Roni Armis (Graduate School of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University) gave an in-depth report on his “Study on The Competitiveness of Indonesian Post-mining Cities as Tourist Destinations”. He discussed how towns that grew around mining locations could survive as post-mining tourism destinations after the mines closed. He presented an in-depth analysis of how two towns, Sawahlunto, and Belitung had developed their tourism resources by measuring their attractiveness and determining what issues in particular affected their competitiveness. He further discussed the importance of understanding the role of psychological attachment and post-mining community participation in the sustainability of a post-mining city.
As mines all over the world are exhausting their resources, and the livelihood of the local population is threatened, knowledge on developing competitive mining heritage tourism has important practical applications. An analysis of the research provided informative results, and this stimulating presentation generated some interesting questions from the audience.
Roni Armis giving his presentation