Over 181,000 tourists flocked to Gunung Kidul regency in Yogyakarta during the Idul Fitri holiday from June 16 to 18.
“Over three days, we recorded 181,016 travelers visiting Gunung Kidul,” Harry Sukmono, the secretary of Gunung Kidul Tourism Agency, told Antara news agency on Tuesday.
Harry also estimated about 50,000 tourists would come on Tuesday. He further explained that 80 percent of the vacationers visited the beach. The agency is confident it can reach the target of 300,000 travelers during the holiday.
The peak period occurred on Monday, with most tourists coming from cities in Central Java, namely Surakarta, Karanganyar, Kebumen and Brebes. Harry also stated that other destinations, such as Kalisuci in Semanu regency, was not affected by the tourist boom as there is a limit of 250 visitors per day.
The agency had also prepared the site by adding more security and cleaning staff. “We urge vendors within the tourist destination not to take advantage of the situation by setting high prices for tourists,” Harry said.