Attractions in Indonesia scale up health response

A fairytale castle in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Theme Park)

Indonesian attractions and parks are rolling out flash deals and heightening safety measures to win back public confidence, as they ready for a reopening after three months of closure.

Jakarta’s amusement park Fantasy Land (Dufan) in Taman Impian Jaya Ancol will reopen its doors on June 20, operating at 30 per cent capacity. To woo domestic tourists, the park is offering free admission through a quiz on its Instagram account.

Attractions in Indonesia push out special deals to woo back visitors; fairytale castle in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah theme park in Jakarta pictured

The free tickets, which will be valid till March 31, 2021, are also offered with every purchase of limited-edition Dufan X Muklay merchandise, marked down by 33 per cent, which will be available until June 30.

To lure domestic tourists, Sea World, which will also reopen on June 20, is selling its annual pass for 187,500 rupiah (US$13), 25 per cent cheaper than usual, until June 30.

From June 15 to June 30, Taman Safari Indonesia park in Bogor, West Java, which reopens at 20 per cent capacity, has also slashed the price of its entrance tickets for adults and children by 13 per cent on weekends.

The park has also rolled out a new programme, Safari Trek, a hiking trip for visitors to go on a safari and enjoy the beautiful view around Mount Gede Pangrango, in a bid to help them ease the mental and emotional strain caused by the months-long lockdown.

Meanwhile, the Borobudur temple in Central Java, which normally receives 8,000 to 10,000 visitors daily, will also halve its normal capacity upon reopening. During a trial run which kicked off this month, only 100 to 200 tourists are allowed to enter the temple daily.

Implementing cashless transactions, requiring visitors to wear face masks, conducting temperature checks, providing hand sanitisers, giving physical distancing marks, and disinfecting properties are also among health and safety protocols imposed by these attractions and parks after reopening.

Such heightened safety measures will also be carried out by Taman Mini Indonesia Indah park in Jakarta, when it reopens on June 20, and Jawa Timur (Jatim) Park 2 in Batu, East Java, which will reopen on June 27.

Meanwhile, travel agencies in Indonesia are also ramping up health measures to ease travellers’ concerns.

Hasiyanna Ashadi, managing director of Marintur Indonesia and head of Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies Jakarta chapter, said: “In our cars, we have arranged seats in a way to ensure that our guests can maintain distance. She added that hotels and restaurants partnering with the association’s members had also implemented health protocols.

She further shared that Jakarta had 59 hospitals equipped to handle Covid-19, and if travellers were to get infected with the virus or display symptoms, they would be rushed to one of those hospitals immediately for medical treatment.

The readiness of cities who have committed to health and safety protocols needs to be conveyed to tourists, according to Adjie Wahjono, operations manager of Aneka Kartika Tours, and Monas Tjahjono, managing director of Monas Tours.

They encourage local governments to boost promotions not only on tourist destinations’ offerings, but also the health measures they have adopted to safeguard the well-being of tourists.

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