The Jakarta Post
An empty beach in Senggigi, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Thursday, Aug. 9. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)
Following recent earthquakes that have devastated Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), since early August, the region's tourism players have initiated efforts to recover tourist visits.
The chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) in NTB, Lalu Abdul Hadi Faishal told tempo.co that some hotels were currently offering hot deals in a bid to draw tourists to their place.
"Hotels that were affected by the earthquake have stopped selling; however, they still welcome guests," said Hadi in Jakarta on Sunday night, adding that "stopped selling" meant these hotels currently no longer conduct promotions to rent out their rooms to guests.
Hadi said that tourists could still find hotels operating in the region, especially around the Senggigi Beach area and the city of Mataram in West Lombok. "The hotels' management still opens their doors to welcome guests who want to spend the night while renovating their buildings as there are still many rooms safe to host guests."
Regional Tourism Promotion Agency (BPPD) head Fauzan Zakaria said that among the hot deals offered by the hotels is lower prices that are being given randomly. For instance, guests can stay for three days and two nights while only paying for a one-night stay.
There are also hotels that offer a breakfast lottery, meaning guests are only required to pay for breakfast for a three-day, two-night stay. "Of course [these promotions] will be offered randomly," said Fauzan.
Among the hotels that offer these hot deals are those directly affected by the quake, which include accommodations around Lombok area and the three Gili islands.
The program will be available until the end of this year.
Additionally, the BPPD alongside the NTB Tourism Agency isset to hold the NTB Great Sale for tour, hotel and restaurant packages early next year as part of tourism recovery efforts in the region. (kes)