Jakarta: The Tourism Ministry has assigned three regions for the pilot project in implementing Tourism Crisis Management.
These three regions are Riau Islands as the representative of western region, West Java as the representative of the central region, and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) as the representative of eastern region.
In order to minimize the impact of a disaster, the government is preparing regulations that require regions to develop contingency plan for disaster.
"The government and the people should work together in harmony to prevent the increasing number of casualties in a natural disaster," the Ministry's website quoted National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo as saying.
Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Autonomy Studies for Home Affairs Ministry, Khalilul Khairi, stated that there are two things that need to be done by the local governments namely developing standard procedures and increasing the skills or expertise of the community in dealing with disasters as a tourism crisis.
“The Tourism Crisis Management acts as a regulation which can be followed by the local governments and community in handling tourism crises that are caused by natural and non-natural factors,” he was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of Public Communication Bureau for the Tourism Ministry, Guntur Sakti, explained that Tourism Crisis Management consists of four phases namely Preparation and Mitigation Phase, Emergency Response Phase, Recovery Phase, and Normalization Phase.
"The role of the regional government is very crucial in Preparation and Mitigation Phase. This phase also involves all tourism stakeholders," the Tourism Ministry official was quoted as saying.