—Tourists are often less concerned about the preservation of tourist attractions, such as littering and scribble area attractions. For that, the Government of Indonesia has done the concept of sustainable management of the travel industry, namely agro-ecotourism. Agro-ecotourism is basically agro industry managed with the principles of sustainable development. That is, not only increase the economic value, but it has the added value of natural recreational or ecotourism that has value and aesthetic beauty. Agro-ecotourism through Cooperative can give benefits to local communities if it is managed through a Cooperative. It becomes a way to develop a district economy, because it can reduce unemployment and increase society income. So, it will increase society welfare, especially coffee farmer. Besides that, from the aspect of the attraction, potential products of agro-ecotourism region have unique and diverse activities that could serve as a strong the attractor factor for both international tourists and domestic tourists. This paper considers the theoretical frameworks that link agro-ecotourism and Cooperative. Silo sub district is one of the areas that have the potential to become agro-ecotourism area, because it has the greatest coffee potential in Jember District. The implementation of agro-ecotourism through Cooperative is supported by several stakeholders, such as government and association of tourism entrepreneur (travel agency association, the association of Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Entrepreneur, tour guide associations). But there are other parties that could support Agro-ecotourism Cooperative development especially in Silo, such as coffee exporter and research institution. Coffee exporters will provide an opportunity for cooperatives to market their products abroad while research institution (Coffee Research Center) could assist in improving quality of coffee.
—Agro-ecotourism, coffee plantation, cooperative, welfare.
Ruhul Ummiroh and Rini Hardiyani are with the University of Jember, East Java, Indonesia (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Isnaini Ruhul Ummiroh and Rini Hardiyani, "Agro-Ecotourism Management through Cooperative Based Coffee Plantation Commodity to Increase Welfare of Coffee Farmer," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 347-349, 2013.