Need 3 months to recover from Sunda Strait tsunami devastation: Indonesian Tourism Ministry

 Friday, December 28, 2018 


Indonesian Tourism Ministry says that recovering human resources, destinations and marketing are among the main tourism recovery strategies and it will take 3 months to rejuvenate.



This is applied by the Tourism Ministry of Indonesia following the Sunda Strait tsunami that devastated several tourist destinations in Banten province.



Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said on Thursday that this recovery strategies will be conducted during the emergency response period for 14 days. The first thing need to 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. He was in a visit to five tourist destinations that were affected by the tsunami, namely Anyer, Carita, Labuan, Tanjung Lesung and Menes.



As reported by local media, the tourism 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  and Lombok.



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




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.



The strategy of destination recovery includes the Indonesian tourism 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.




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