Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Exoticization of Local and Global: Exploitation in West Java Tourism Practice
Imam Setyobudi

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 524
Date: 2019-07-25 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Last modified: 2019-06-20


West Bandung Regency is the youngest district that was only established in 2007 in West Java Province. An administrative autonomous region resulting from the expansion of Bandung Regency. Entrepreneurs see business opportunities for the location and position of West Bandung Regency between the City of Jakarta and the City of Bandung.

West Java Province is focusing on handling development projects located in some of the former tea plantations owned by PT Perkebunan Nusantara VIII (Cikalong Wetan Subdistrict, West Bandung Regency) in the Walini area, which covers an area of twice that of Cimahi which was initially unproductive and insignificant built into Mega-City.

First, the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railroad corridor, which is one of the stops in Walini. Second, the construction of international cities and the capital city of the new West Java Province (Walini City). Third, the development of recreational parks of Disneyland Park and agro-industrial tourism destinations that are still in the Walini area. Fourth, development is based on the concept of Eco Green and Cyber City.

The Regional Government Work Unit (SKPD) in the West Bandung Culture and Tourism Sector is aggressively exploring all the potential of its regional tourism. The head of West Bandung Disbudpar has collaborated with the PT-Kereta Api Indonesia-China consortium (KCIC) to realize West Bandung tourism promotion. Offer to fast train passengers consisting of domestic and foreign tourists regarding a package of visits to agro-tourism and cultural tourism in West Bandung District.

The rapid development of West Bandung Regency as Mega City raises two questions. How has the practice of exploiting the potential of tourism been going on? How does local and global exoticization become the attraction of a region to increase local revenue?


Keywords: tourism, exoticization, exploitation