Yogyakarta Gov’t conducts random surveillance of tourist attractions

Internal Affairs

The Yogyakarta City Tourism Service conducts random surveillance of tourist destinations and creative economy actors to check for the implementation of health protocols during the Eid holiday.

“We conduct monitoring through random surveillance until this weekend on all types of tourism service businesses and the creative economy sub-sector,” Head of the Yogyakarta City Tourism Service Wahyu Hendratmoko stated here on Thursday.

Hendratmoko emphasized the importance of conducting this surveillance activity in order to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission when tourists begin to throng the city during the Eid holiday.

“All tourism service businesses and the creative economy sub-sector must be able to implement strict and disciplined health protocols,” he remarked.

One of the supervisions to be conducted is to urge the manager of tourism services, especially tourist objects, to monitor the number of visitors entering and ensure that the capacity of tourist attractions remains under control to reduce potential crowds.

Managers of tourist attractions can temporarily close the ticket sales counter if the number of tourists is quite high and there is a likelihood of crowds occurring.

Ticket sales counters can be re-opened if the number of tourists could be successfully reduced to avoid bigger crowds.

Hendratmoko remarked that the Eid holiday offered a momentum for tourism recovery in Yogyakarta, which had experienced a decline during the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of travel restrictions.

He estimated that during the Eid holiday, the number of tourists visiting Yogyakarta could reach up to 3.9 million people.

“We have to ensure that tourists can travel safely and comfortably. We hope that our services to tourists during the Eid holiday can promote Yogyakarta’s tourism,” he remarked.

Various efforts have been made at Taman Pintar, one of the tourist attractions managed by the Yogyakarta City Government, to maintain health protocols, including online ticket sales.

Taman Pintar also provides facilities and infrastructure to support the implementation of health protocols, such as handwashing stations and placing hand sanitizers at accessible locations, providing temperature measurements, and using the PeduliLindungi Application for tourists entering the area.

Meanwhile, in the Malioboro Area, Head of the UPT Yogyakarta Cultural Heritage Area, Ekwanto, said his side continued to work towards implementing health protocols, including checking body temperature and running one-way paths on each side of the pedestrian lanes.

Source: Antara News