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Indonesia’s Yogyakarta to promote tourism through Batik

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Indonesia’s Yogyakarta municipal administration intends to develop batik-related tourism in 2010 now that Unesco has declared it a world cultural heritage item, state news agency Antara reported.

"We want to develop batik-related tourism next year in which we will acquaint tourists with the batik-making craft," Yogyakarta Culture and Tourism office spokesperson Yulia Rustianingsih said.

She said Unesco’s acknowledgment of Indonesian batik was expected to encourage batik makers to preserve their commodity.

"To promote batik-related tourism next year, we will take both domestic and foreign tourists to batik producing villages here and teach them ways to make batik," Yulia said.

She said both domestic and foreign tourists visiting Yogyakarta used to buy batik as souvenirs for their friends and relatives, adding that the Beringharjo central batik market would continue to be developed as part of the batik-related tourism efforts in Yogyakarta.


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