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Surfing fee collection runs smoothly in Mentawai

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Mentawai   /   Mon, September 19 2016   /  08:59 am

Mentawai Islands regency in West Sumatra is looking to enjoy additional revenue from incoming tourists who spend time surfing at popular destinations.

The regency administration said it had faced only minor challenges since imposing the new policy of charging surfers for enjoying the waves at popular spots since Aug. 1.

The regency’s tourism, youth and sports agency head Desti Seminora said the regency had collected
Rp 754 million (US$57,304) from charging surfers at tourist sites in the regency, as of Sept. 14.

“The money was collected from 754 foreign surfers. Each is charged Rp 1 million for 15 days’ surfing in the regency,” Desti told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

Desti was confident that the amount would continue to increase considering that the surfing season would last until November. Therefore, she was optimistic the regency could meet its ...