Post Lombok Earthquake, Minister of Tourism Monitor Sea and Air Access
By : Chodijah Febriyani And Aldi Firhand A | Monday, August 06 2018 - 22:41 IWST
INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Regarding the earthquake that occurred in Lombok and Bali, the Ministry of Tourism through the Tourism Management Team (MKK) will inform the development of elements of 3A (access, amenities and attractions) related to tourists trapped in Lombok.
To that end, the Ministry of Tourism continues to coordinate with the West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Tourism Office, Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Poltekpar Lombok, Bali Tourism Hospitality who are already on site and collaborate with disaster management and agencies to support services to tourists.
Accessibility is the most sought-after issue, because for evacuation from Lombok, including the Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno) two modes of transportation are needed, namely air and sea. For sea transportation, KMP Dharma Rucitra 3 with a passenger capacity of 326 and a cardeck area of 685 square meters has departed from Padangbai at 08.10 and has arrived at Lembar at 12:30 WITA. In addition, Kapal Dharma Kencana 3 with an area of 560 square meters and a capacity of 310 passengers also docked to the Gili Islands.
The Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi will also continue to monitor until tourists are handled and transported from the Gili Islands. "I continue to coordinate with the Ministry of Transportation Team in NTB to serve tourists in Lombok," said Minister of Transportation Budi Karya, through a press release received by Industry.co.id, Monday (08/06/2018).
From the air line, Garuda Indonesia has also prepared additional flights. "GA has replaced with a wider aircraft for 2 flights today, August 6 2018, and also extra 1 flight which is fully charged. The sales system remains the same, using online booking, "said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya answering many netizen questions.
Further additional flights will be coordinated with the Airport Head. "Thank you Garuda Indonesia Managing Director, Mr. Pahala Mansyuri. Please keep supplying the number of seats to continue to exist, to serve foreign tourists and tourists who are trapped in Lombok, "added Menpar Arief Yahya.
PT Pelni is also sending a relief ship to the Lombok Sheet port to evacuate tourists by sending KM Binaiya from Lombok to Benoa Bali port.
This afternoon the Chairman of the Management of Tourism Crisis at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Guntur Sakti also flew to Lombok to immediately join the NTB Head of Office, Lalu Faozal, and the Lombok Poltekpar Director, Hamsu Hanafi. Ministry of Tourism has deployed 5 buses to help evacuate tourists in NTB.