Tourism minister’s solution to viral clip accusing Lombok villagers of scamming travelers? Speak better English

A clip from an Azerbaijan-born journey influencer accusing handicraft sellers at a village in Lombok of scamming vacationers sparked robust reactions on-line. Tourism and Inventive Financial system Minister Sandiaga Uno addressed the controversy by pointing to the language barrier because the supply of the issue. 

In different phrases: English proficiency within the tourism sector must be improved.

Self-described digital creator Davud Akhundzada lately posted movies describing his unfavorable expertise whereas visiting Sade Village in Central Lombok. He has restricted feedback on his social media accounts after his content material prompted backlash from Indonesian netizens. 

In a single specific video, Akhundzada was proven shopping for handicrafts similar to woven cloth and bracelets from sellers within the village whereas expressing his suspicion that they had been out to tear off vacationers like him.

In a number of the clips, Akhundzada labeled Sade as a ”rip-off village” and due to this fact wouldn’t advocate it to anybody as he himself has no intention of returning.

Whereas the apply of bargaining for items is widespread in vacationer hotspots, Akhundzada maintained his place in a follow-up publish following the backlash.

“Some persons are so patriotic to assert it’s utterly regular to tear off vacationers beneath the cultural village idea,” he wrote in a caption to a video.

“However don’t come to me with a ridiculous quantity and ask me to cut price. In the long run, they’re promoting it dearer than it’s imagined to be even should you cut price since you be ok with bringing the costs 2-3 instances down.”

Akhundzada additionally posted a video on Oct. 6 on YouTube documenting his go to to a different village in Lombok. The video depicts him uncomfortably evading locals who had been pestering him for more money after he had purchased some snacks from them.

“I all the time beloved supporting native companies and households within the small villages. However typically it isn’t nice concept to indicate your money round many individuals as a result of then issues would possibly get uncontrolled like on this video,” Akhundzada wrote within the caption of the video.

To his credit score, on this video that was uploaded on Oct. 14, Akhundzada stated he nonetheless prefers Lombok to Bali (ahem, ahem), highlighting the gorgeous nature spots of the West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) island.

Chatting with reporters in regards to the controversy in his weekly briefing yesterday in Jakarta, Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno highlighted the necessity to enhance locals’ English proficiency to keep away from tarnishing vacationers’ Lombok expertise.

“We’ll conduct dissemination, training, and coaching on English proficiency. As a result of the misperception from Davud was because of the two events not speaking properly and easily,” Sandiaga stated.

As well as, Sandiaga additionally stated that costs of vacationer items in Lombok needs to be standardized to keep away from related issues.

Individually, Sade Village Tourism Consciousness Group Head Sanah stated she regrets the controversy however denied that the villagers scammed Akhundzada. Sanah conceded that the shortage of manpower was the explanation behind the entire misunderstanding.

“Individuals in Sade village are conventional folks. Our training degree [is mostly] elementary faculty, and just a few reached highschool degree,” Sanah stated.

“With all the restrictions, we can not talk properly. Particularly to face vacationers like Mr. Davud who deliberately bombard locals with questions.”

Sanah expressed her hope for higher teaching programs from the central authorities to enhance the standard of tourism within the village.

Central Lombok’s minimal wage is presently IDR2.2 million (US$141).

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