THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy has advised that the increase in entrance fees for tourist attractions during the Lebaran holiday needs to be socialized and discussed first with a number of parties.

According to Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Sandiaga Uno in an online weekly brief on Monday (04/10), the increase in entrance fees must be socialized and discussed with local governments and local tourism associations to determine the right standard price.

Sandiaga said, the moment of the Lebaran holiday is indeed a golden opportunity to increase turnover, especially considering that this year’s Lebaran is the first Lebaran without the Imposition of Restrictions on Community Activities (PPKM) after the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, keep in mind that currently the economic conditions of the Indonesian people have not fully recovered so that managers of tourist attractions should not just increase the entrance ticket rates.

“Pay close attention to the ability of people who have saved up to go home and travel with their families, and they want to travel at an affordable price,” Sandiaga added.

According to Sandiaga, the most important thing for tourist attraction managers to do at this time is to focus on improving aspects of quality and service for the better.

It is estimated that there are several points of tourist attractions that have high potential to experience a surge in the number of tourists during the Lebaran holiday period.

In West Java, for example, a surge in the number of tourists is predicted to occur in Puncak, Bogor; Cipanas, Cianjur; Tangkuban Perahu, Lembang; Kawah Putih, Ciwidey; and several beaches.

In Central Java and Yogyakarta, tourist attractions that are predicted to experience a surge in tourists are Dieng, Baturaden, Bandungan Semarang, Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, and others. While in East Java are Jatim Park, Mount Bromo, Batu, and parks and zoos.

“We have to make sure that it is not crowded and the service is better, and of course at the right price,” Sandiaga remarked.

This year’s Eid holiday, according to Sandiaga, brings optimism for economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, the movement of people is predicted to reach 123.8 million people, an increase of 14.2% compared to last year. []