The Jakarta Post
A corner on Jl. Malioboro, Yogyakarta. (Shutterstock/Jaya Tri Hartono)
Yogyakarta's popular destination Malioboro welcomed 18,375 visitors during the long weekend starting from Thursday as the city's tourism slowly revives from the pandemic.
According to Malioboro Task Unit (UPT) head Ekwanto, the tourist site attracted 4,781 visitors on Thursday, 3,772 travelers on Friday, followed by 5,149 and 4,673 people on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
“Many of the visitors came from outside the city such as Bandung, Jakarta, Surakarta, Pekalongan and many more. They were mostly family groups and arrived in private cars,” Ekwanto said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Malioboro area has been divided into five zones to control people’s movement.
Zone 1 covers the area from Grand Inna Malioboro Hotel to Malioboro Mall; Zone 2 is Malioboro Mall to Mutiara Hotel; Zone 3 is Transjogja Bus Stop to Suryatmajan; Zone 4 covers the area from Suryatmajan to Pabringan; and Zone 5 is Pabringan to the zero kilometer point.
The most popular area among tourists is Zone 2, particularly in front of the Malioboro Mall, said Ekwanto. Staff often had to move visitors who spent too much time there, crowding the zone.
Yogyakarta deputy mayor Heroe Poerwadi said the administration planned to organize mass rapid testing for all Malioboro management staff, including members of the Public Order Agency (SatPol PP), Transportation Agency and Jogoboro (special field team deployed in the Malioboro area), during the long weekend.
“This week we will conduct rapid testing for the field officers; there are 136 of them in total,” Heroe said.
Other than Malioboro, Yogyakarta has also reopened other tourist attractions, particularly popular outdoor destinations such as Agrowisata Bhumi Merapi and Panguk Kediwung Hill. (gis/kes)
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