The only resort with Agro-Eco theme, Taman Simalem is thrilled to announce that it has won 2nd place at Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award (ISTA) 2017 for Environment Conservation category. The award was presented at Wonderful Indonesia Tourism Awards 2017 ceremony held tonight at Hotel Bidakara, Jakarta.
Following a visit to the resort by the ISTA jury early in September, the judges decided that Taman Simalem was outstanding in its efforts to implement sustainable tourism. They praised the resort not only for its youth-focus Agro Program and close ties with local organic farmers, but also for its focus on the conservation and careful development of the 200-hectare property.
Taman Simalem plans to further its growth in sustainable tourism by developing more conservation theme educational programs to visitors and local villagers. Mr Tamin Sukardi, owner of Taman Simalem Resort said: ” Our existence is very much dependent on the preservation of the environment, culture and welfare of the people around us. Taman Simalem owes this award to the support we get wholeheartedly from the local community, the Provincial Government of North Sumatra, the Government of Karo Regency and the Tourism Academy (Akpar) of North Sumatra”.
The Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award was initiated this year by the Ministry of Tourism in a bid to encourage sustainable tourism across Indonesia and promote tourism in Indonesia overall. ISTA also aims to recognise and appreciate the efforts of those encouraging sustainable tourism both on a national and international level. The winners of the Indonesia Sustainable Award (ISTA) will be submitted to a similar award at the ASEAN level, the ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award (ASTA).
About Taman Simalem Resort: Nestled away in the Merek Hills in North Sumatra, Taman Simalem Resort is a 200 hectare agro-eco resort offering a unique experience to guests. A place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature, guests can enjoy a variety of activities such as jungle trekking, horse riding, archery and camping. Taman Simalem is the perfect getaway not only for families
looking for adventure or couples looking for a romantic getaway but also companies wanting to foster team building and social bonding.
Deeply involved with local communities, Taman Simalem runs agriculture, engineering and hospitality programs for local school students, as well as offering sponsorship programs for local youth in hospitality.
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Taman Simalem Resort, the Islamic University of North Sumatra, and the German supported ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS) worked jointly together in a project ‘Empowerment of Farmer’s Communities for Sustainable Eco-friendly Practices on Growing Horticultural Crops in the North Sumatra’ from 2013-2015. The objective was to promote sustainable production of horticultural in the Karo Highlands.