After the Mount Batur Caldera is recognized as a geopark, the tourist visit to Kintamani is expected to increase. This can be realized if there are synergic efforts made by the government, communities and tourism stakeholders in concert.
It was revealed by I Wayan Winurjaya, General Manager doubling as owner of the Madu Sari Restaurant at Penelokan-Kintamani. Winurjaya was born in 1968 at Batur Tengah village and graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Udayana University in 1994. He deeply involved in the tourism business to succeed the business of his parents.
“Synergy of the government, communities and businesspeople in improving the image of Kintamani is highly needed. At the moment, the trucks conveying quarry C materials passing through the Kintamani – Toyobungkah road section often make traffic jams, the road gets dirty and even turns dangerous because the material spill scattered around the road. By all means, these conditions will reduce the convenience of passing tourists,” he said.
He did not expect the quarry C to be closed because it was also a source of livelihood but it would be better to be diverted or regulated. Street vendors should also be paid attention considering they were also tourism doers.
Winurjaya, the husband of Komang Sari Artini, father of four daughters, suggested to change the name of street vendor to souvenir vendor with the product sold should be tailored to the characteristic of Kintamani area. “If this can work, I have confidence the tourist to visit Kintamani will definitely be getting better,” he said. (BTN/014)