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Semarang named cleanest tourist destination in Southeast Asia

Indonesian city bestowed title for 2020 to 2022 by ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard

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Arrivals to Semarang have jumped to 7.2 million in 2019.

JAKARTA - Semarang, a Central Java city known for its Javanese and Chinese cultures, has been named as the cleanest tourist destination in Southeast Asia.

The ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS) bestowed the title on Semarang for the year of 2020 to 2022.  

The ACTCS initiative is meant to provide ASEAN member countries with tools that will help improve the quality of tourism in their cities, as well as improving the livelihood of local residents by alleviating poverty, according to the official ASEAN website.

The city's mayor said that the administration would remain focused on maintaining the city's cleanliness through a number of public campaigns such as the Semarang Won't Litter Movement, which was also expected to reduce plastic waste. Other measures include reducing vehicle emissions and increasing the amount of green public spaces to more than 30% of the region.

Semarang is home to 259 parks and green spaces. Around 29 parks were refurbished in 2018, with three new park projects last year. Arrivals to the city have jumped to 7.2 million in 2019.

In an effort to improve the quality of the tourist experience, the local administration has also announced that 72 tourist events are in the pipeline.