President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, accompanied by Klungkung Regent I Nyoman Suwirta, talks to some residents who take refuge at Swecapura Sport Hall in Klungkung, Bali. (The Jakarta Post/Zul Trio Anggono)
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo delivered a message asking for tourists who were affected by the Mount Agung eruption to be treated well.
“Tourists who are affected by the airport closure should be served as good as possible. They should be able to go home or leave Bali,” said Jokowi.
He also asked the Transportation Minister, Tourism Minister, Bali governor and regents in Bali to work together in handling the situation.
“I'll keep on monitoring the development in Bali,” he added.
Moreover, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), National Armed Forces, National Police, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) and related ministries should team up in supporting the Bali provincial administration when it comes to taking care of the evacuees.
“I don’t want any casualties from the eruption. The Transportation Ministry needs to pay attention to the aviation safety; it’s important since the volcanic ash from Mount Agung is very dangerous for airplanes and passenger safety,” said Jokowi.
Forty percent of the total foreign tourists in Indonesia travel to Bali, while around 30 percent go to Jakarta and 20 percent go to Riau Islands.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has already formed a Crisis Centre Team called Bali Tourism Hospitality (BTH). He has also made a plan for pre-, during and post-eruption that is based on the recommendation from UNWTO. (kes)