After making various efforts in developing the Pandawa Beach tourist attraction, a number of public figures playing an important role in improving the object held a Thank You Gathering Pandawa’s Family. The event taking the theme For the Future of Pandawa Beach was carried out in Wantilan hall of Pandawa Beach, Kutuh, Ungasan, Saturday (Apr 26). The event held for the first time was attended by public figures such as Chief of Kutuh customary village Ketut Suwena, Headman of Kutuh Wayan Purja, Chairman of Kutuh Village Representative (BPD), customary apparatus, chief of administrative and customary hamlet of Kutuh. Besides, it was also attended by the officials like the Chairman of the Indonesia Tour Guides Association (HPI) Bali, Chairman of the Association of Indonesia Tour and Travel Agency (ASITA) Bali, Tourism Research Consortium of the Udayana University Putu Dana Pariawan Salain, management of Banyan Tree Villas Ungasan, travel agencies, Director of Nusa Dua Reef Foundation Pariama Hutasoit, non-commissioned military officer (Babinsa) and rural police (Babinkamtibmas).
Chairman of the Kutuh Beach Advisory Team, I Wayan Kasim, said the gathering was aimed at sharing and having discussion among the tourism players with Kutuh village community in increasing the Pandawa Beach tourist attraction in the future. “We are also grateful to many tourism players, especially travel agencies who had participated in the development of this object,” he said. In his speech, Wayan Kasim explained that since the Pandawa Beach was opened in December 2012, tourist arrivals both domestic and foreign tourists continued to increase every month. “In the year 2013, domestic tourist arrivals reached 353,765 people (88.5 percent), while foreign tourist arrival reached 45,858 people (11.5 percent). So, the total tourist visits reached 399,623 people with a monthly average of 33,302 people,” he explained.
Meanwhile, in 2014, he continued, the tourist visits from January to March reached a total of 243,401 people with a monthly average of 81,133 people. The visit was still dominated by domestic travelers as many as 213,629 people, while foreign travelers reached 29,772 people.
Travelers visiting the Pandawa Beach, said Wayan Kasim, were charged admission at very affordable price in accordance with the agreement of the village meeting. “Local traveler is charged IDR 2,000 per person, while foreign traveler at IDR 5,000 per person. For vehicle such as motorcycle is charge a parking fee at IDR 1,000, car (IDR 5,000) and bus (IDR 10,000),” he explained.
Proceeds of the entrance ticket sales, he said, were used as well as possible to fund the operations, such as the provision of water in toilet, electricity, waste management, security and operations staff. Meanwhile, the remaining revenue was allocated for the customary and administrative village and customary hamlet, including financing the implementation of rituals. (BTN/ocha)