The first tourism site survey of North Nias Regency ever to be conducted has been completed. In 2013 the Regents office tasked the North Nias tourism department with conducting a survey of potential tourism sites in the district. As North Nias Regency was only inaugurated in 2009 there was very little information available. Another reason to conduct the survey was that during the 2005 earthquake parts of North Nias was elevated 2-2.5 meters. This seismological event completely altered the coastline; some beaches disappeared and new ones were created elsewhere. Shallow reefs became island and the old coastline moved a few hundred meters inland. For this reason a survey was necessary in order to collect data about potential tourism sites and activities. The tourism office worked together with the sub-district offices to compile a list of 46 known sites. The list included coastal, natural and cultural heritage sites. During the survey tourism staff worked closely together with tourism advisors Björn Svensson and Shanti Fowler, who are part of the Australian government AVID program, which is supporting sustainable tourism development in North Nias.
When the survey was completed, the data and assessment of each site was compiled into the ‘North Nias Tourism Site Survey’ report. One important finding of the survey was the discovery of many previously unknown locations, which have great tourism potential. There are now almost 100 known potential tourism sites. Not all 100 sites are suitable for development and promotion, as some places may be too remote. The survey identified a preliminary list of high-value sites. These sites are places of exceptional beauty with good access, places that would be ideal for tourism development.
Who is this report for? First and foremost for local government planning purposes (the report is available in English and Indonesian). The tourism office is now focusing its promotional activities on the sites identified as ‘high-value’. The report is also a valuable tool for investors and tourism developers interested in North Nias. Tour companies, tourists or anyone with an interest in North Nias wcan benefit from the information in this report.
Currently the second phase of the survey is underway, which will include the newly discovered sites. The first report is available for download from the North Nias Tourism office: firstname.lastname@example.org