Minister Puan holds meeting on Mount Agung eruption
Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Puan Maharani led a meeting on Anticipating Flood, Landslide and Bali Mount Agung Eruption Emergency Alert.
The meeting was joined by several ministers as well as the head of National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), head of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), head of National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) and Jakarta governor, among others.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya who attended the meeting talked about the preparation of Bali Tourism Hospitality (Tourism Ministry Crisis Center) in accommodating the needs of foreign tourists.
The Tourism Ministry adopts three steps in handling this crisis: Emergency response, rehabilitation and normalization. These three approaches are based on the standard set by the UNWTO.
“We are currently entering the emergency response stage,” told Arief.
Arief monitors the development of Mount Agung every six hours via video conference.
He has advised hotel associations to provide a free stay for one night and up to 50 percent discount for the next day.
Arief has also asked the Transportation Ministry to change the airline regulation hence airlines won’t charge cancellation and rescheduling fees to passengers.
The ministry may lose one million foreign tourists due to Mount Agung eruption. The economic loss is estimated to reach Rp 9 trillion (US$630 million) until the end of 2017 since the country is estimated to lose Rp 250 billion of foreign exchange every day. (kes)
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