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Jakarta Post

Yogya's tourism firms need tourists more than financial aid

  • Bambang Muryanto


Yogyakarta   /   Fri, September 25 2020   /  01:00 am
Quiet atmosphere in Malioboro, Yogyakarta, on June 29, since COVID-19 pandemic hit Indonesia. Yogyakarta’s administration has declared disaster emergency due to the COVID-19 since March, which halts tourism activity in the region. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)(-/JP/Bambang Muryanto)

Tourism businesspeople in Yogyakarta have demanded that the government establish clear and consistent regulations regarding tourist visits to the area, as the pandemic has pushed down the number of visitors. Sugihartono, who manages the province’s popular ecotourism destination Dolandeso Boro, told The Jakarta Post on Monday that working capital loans alone would not help his business survive if the visitor turnout remained low. Sugihartono said government regulations only allowed his business to serve 30 visitors per day, less than 10 percent of the average 500 daily visitors at the tourism spot before the pandemic. “We don’t need working capital aid, because we still need to turn the capital [into revenue]. Meanwhile, visitors want certainty on whether they may visit us or not,” he said. Rusli Hariyanto, who works in the travel business in ...