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Tourism recovery following Sunda Strait tsunami can take 3 months: Ministry

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Jakarta  /  Fri, December 28, 2018  /  12:37 pm
Tourism recovery following Sunda Strait tsunami can take 3 months: Ministry

A view of Anyer Beach in Banten. (Shutterstock/File)

Recovering human resources, destinations and marketing are among the main tourism recovery strategies applied by the Tourism Ministry following the Sunda Strait tsunami that devastated several tourist destinations in Banten province.

"This recovery strategies will be conducted during the emergency response period for 14 days. The first thing we recover is human and institutional resources through trauma healing activities for the locals who reside and owned businesses in tourist destinations, including hotel employees, communities and the industry itself," Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said on Thursday during a visit to five tourist destinations that were affected by the tsunami, namely Anyer, Carita, Labuan, Tanjung Lesung and Menes.

As reported by kompas.com, the ministry requested parties related to electrical and water bills to give financial leniency, including bank loans. The same strategy was applied after recent disasters in Bali and Lombok.

Meanwhile, marketing recovery aims to grow trust among the public to travel to the Sunda Strait areas, especially Pandeglang and Serang. 

Read also: Tsunami-hit tourist route Anyer beach-Tanjung Lesung reopens

"This recovery has to happen as soon as possible. For Anyer and the surrounding area, I estimate it [the recovery process] will take one month. The government is the one who has to start [the efforts], then the public will surely follow," Arief said.

The ministry will reportedly hold a post-tsunami recovery coordination meeting in January in one of the hotels in Anyer. It has also invited other ministries and agencies to hold events in the Sunda Strait areas to help boost recovery efforts.

Lastly, the strategy of destination recovery includes the ministry sending letters to other ministries and agencies to repair the affected destinations. It has set a target of recovering the areas in three months’ time. (kes)

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