The Jakarta Post
The picturesque Pasir Putih Malikan (Papuma) Beach in Wuluhan district in Jember, East Java. (Shutterstock/File)
A pioneering bus service has begun operating routes to secluded tourist destinations in Jember regency, East Java.
Inaugurated by Jember Deputy Regent A. Muqit Arief on Tuesday, the service aimed to facilitate tourists to the region's more secluded destinations like Watu Ulo Beach and Payangan Beach in Ambulu district, as well as Pasir Putih Malikan (Papuma) Beach in Wuluhan district.
Antara news agency reported that prior to the launch, Jember Transportation Agency had operated two buses from Tawang Alun station to tourist destinations in the southern part of the regency.
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The agency head Isman Sutomo said the routes were created to provide easier access to several tourist attractions, adding that they would also launched an integrated system between the bus terminal, train station and airport, with destinations and hotels.
The air-conditioned bus is able to accommodate up to 25 passengers. The fare has not been disclosed yet but it is said to be affordable as it targets low to middle-income consumers.
"The bus service to Papuma and Watu Ulo aims to facilitate tourist destinations in the special economic zone [KEK]," said Isman. (jes/kes)