Tourism Ministry to Monitor Palu, Donggala
The Tourism Ministry has assigned personnel from the Makassar Tourism Polytechnic to monitor and gather information on the situation in Donggala and Palu, Central Sulawesi, after the region was devastated by a 7.4-magnitude and ensuing tsunami on Friday.
“We are monitoring the effects [of the disaster] on the areas’ 3As [attraction, amenities, and accommodation) and tourists. I have deployed two personnel from the ministry to check on the tourists,” Tourism Minister Arief Yahya told Kompas Travel on Monday evening.
The ministry’s head of public communications, Guntur Sakti, said the earthquake had cut off telecommunication lines as well as road access to Palu and Donggala. These are among the challenges faced by the ministry in gathering data from affected hotels and tourists.
“Access to both Palu and Donggala is limited. There are security risks and telecommunications are down. Several generators are functioning. These are among the reasons why we haven’t been able to reach the location yet, so we assigned a ministry team closest to Palu, which is from the Makassar Tourism Polytechnic,” Guntur said.
The Tourism Ministry said it was also in constant coordination with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to gather information on the affected areas in Palu and Donggala.
The ministry posts updates of its findings on the Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO) website.