Revenue of the Tanah Lot tourist attraction for the year 2013 amounting to IDR 33 billion is distributed to customary villages throughout Kediri subdistrict and temples around Tanah Lot. The distribution was submitted by the Regent of Tabanan Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti accompanied by Deputy Regent Komang Gede Sanjaya and Regional Secretary Wirna Ariwangsa in the wantilan hall of Pakendungan Temple, Thursday (Feb 6).
Amount of the distribution fund submitted was in accordance with the agreement having been made by the governing body with Beraban customary village where the tourist attraction located. Tabanan government got the allocation as much as 58 percent (IDR 19.4 billion), Beraban customary village got 24 percent (IDR 8.0 billion), Tanah Lot Temple got IDR 2.5 billion (7.5 percent) and customary villages across Kediri subdistrict got 6.5 percent (IDR 2.1 billion). Meanwhile, the temples in the area of Tanah Lot tourist attraction got 4 percent (1.3 billion).
Regent Eka expected the delivery of fund could be best utilized to maintain the customs and culture, so as to provide a good social impact on the whole community of Tabanan. “The existence of Tanah Lot was inseparable from the role of all parties, both customary villages and community leaders. So the levy will come back to the community so that can be best utilized and the impact could be enjoyed by the people directly,” she said.
Having been set into a tourist attraction, the Tanah Lot showed a rapid development. It could be seen from the tourist arrivals reaching 2.8 million in 2013. It was expected there would be many changes in the future, both in the matter of operational management and the arrangement so that it could attract more tourists.
“I am proud that Tanah Lot tourist attraction has a magnet of its own. Travelers who come to Bali will definitely visit Tanah Lot, so that we do not need a large-scale promotion. In other words, it does not need to be explored because it has exuded its own appeal. (BTN/015)