Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
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TMII encourages visitors to engage in a range of eco-friendly activities and actively contribute to the promotion of green tourism.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), Jakarta Embracing Green Tourism
TMII has consistently remained a highly popular destination among both local and international tourists, making it one of Jakarta's most beloved tourist spots. With a total of 1,057,316 visitors in 2022, TMII secured fourth position among the most frequented tourist attractions in Jakarta, following Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Ragunan Zoo, and the National Monument. (https://jakarta.bps.go.id/). TMII offers a wide array of attractions that encompass various facets, including arts and culture (such as a miniature representation of the Indonesian archipelago, traditional houses from 33 provinces, and traditional performances), educational experiences (like the Science and Technology Museum, Fresh Water World, Insect Museum, and more), as well as recreational activities (including swimming pools, outdoor pursuits, and more). Since its establishment in April 1975, TMII has remained a prominent gem in Jakarta's tourism landscape.
Typically, the highest influx of tourists at TMII occurs during the Eid al Fitr holidays and school vacation periods. During the current school holidays on July 9, 2023, I had the chance to revisit TMII after my previous visit in June 2020. Following a two-year interval, a number of notable changes were observed at TMII. One of the major highlights was the implementation of regulations prohibiting the movement of vehicles emitting emissions within the premises. Instead, these vehicles must be parked at the elevated parking area situated near the entrance gate. Exclusive access is granted solely to electric vehicles. To explore the area, visitors have the option to utilize the complimentary go-around bus, rent a bicycle or scooter, or simply enjoy a leisurely walk. This new rule which restricts visitors from using their cars or motorcycles and parking near the buildings they wish to visit can be slightly bothersome for those accustomed to such convenience. Queuing for the go-around bus and the need to walk greater distances may feel inconvenient. However, in my perspective, this initiative is commendable as TMII is actively implementing green tourism practices in a tangible manner, rather than simply relying on slogans. The impact was immediately felt. During my previous visits, we had to be cautious and constantly aware of the heavy traffic caused by cars and motorcycles. However, now, walking leisurely on foot can be enjoyed peacefully, and the air feels noticeably fresher.
An additional notable change was the presence of ongoing renovations at TMII, as it undergoes a revitalization process (https://jakarta.tribunnews.com/ ). The anticipated grand opening of the revamped TMII is scheduled for August 18, 2023. Following the revitalization, it is reported that the open green spaces at TMII will expand by 70% of 150 hectares of the total area. (https://www.tamanmini.com/pesona_indonesia/tmii/jelajah/tamanminihijau.php). Given the ongoing changes aimed at promoting green tourism, I believe I am with other TMII regular visitors who are eagerly anticipating the grand opening of the renewed TMII and the unveiling of its new face.