Eisenach and Jakarta: Tourism, Heritage, and Development
The German Academic Exchange Service or Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organisation of higher education institutions in Germany. The purpose of this organisation is to promote academic cooperation worldwide, primarily the exchange of students, academics, and scientists. Since several decades, DAAD supports academic exchange between Germany and Indonesia by scholarship and fellowship as well as to help establish cooperation between universities.
One of the DAAD scholarship is study visit and seminar for foreign students as a team. This programme provides opportunity for foreign students to conduct study visit, seminar, and workshop in Germany, as well as explore Germany universities generally. The programme is very useful for students to expand knowledges and obtain experiences internationally. I have many experiences and knowledge to learn more tourism, heritage, and development by the programme.
According to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2013, Germany position is in the second on the top of the list over the world. Because of many tourism organisations in Germany, in each level, that are responsible for all issues and related to tourism, so the index is unquestionable. The tourism organisations are as follows—The Federal Government’s Commisioner for Tourism, The Tourism Committee, The Tourism Consultant Council, The German National Tourist Board, The German Tourism Association, The Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry, The German Travel Association, and The German Hotel and Restaurant Association, etc. Not only many organisations, but Germany also invest in the improvement of education and training in tourism in order to deliver well-educated human resources. Germany also ponders as necessary the correspondence between the training paths and tourism strategic challenges. Therefore, Germany could be an example to another country for developing the tourism industry.
Indonesia is in the seventieth of the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2013. Indonesia has many potential in tourism industry. Hence, Jakarta as the capital city of Indonesia becomes the centre of Indonesia’s tourism industry, but travel and tourism regulatory framework as well as business environment and infrastructure are not supported. According to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2013, there are three pillars which become Indonesian weakness as follows—tourism infrastructure (score 2.1 of 7), ICT infrastructure (score 2.7 of 7), and health and hygiene (score 2.9 of 7). The three pillars have to get more attention because Tourism Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia have to achieve the thirtieth of the the top of the list over the world in 2019.
One of the heritage site in Germany that I visited is Wartburg Castle. From where I stand, it is a truly ideal castle.
Wartburg Castle – Germany