INDONESIA - The Surakarta city administration is using the World Toilet Summit, officially opened in Surakarta, Central Java, to promote its tourism industry through clean toilets as part of the city's tourism objectives.
Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo said that he would not waste the chance to promote tourism while hundreds of participants from the 19 countries were attending the event.
"This is a good opportunity to promote the image of Surakarta as a tourist city," said Hadi.
Summit participants were taken around the city to see some locations including the Bengawan Solo riverbanks, where a sanitation programme had already been applied.
They also visited some of the city's tourist assets, including the Dutch Vastenburg fortress, culinary centre Gladag Langen Bogan and the Pura Mangkunegaran palace.
Hadi said that his administration had been working to provide comfortable, safe and clean toilets in the city's tourism destinations but was facing challenges applying them to places like the Vasternburg fortress, because the heritage site was owned by the private sector.
"We don't have the authority to build toilets there," Hadi said.