The Tanah Lot tourist attraction has been famous throughout the world. On that account, the Regent of Tabanan, Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti, invited all the residents to participate in maintaining the sanctity and preservation of the object. “Tanah Lot bequeathed to us is a priceless asset,” said Regent Eka amidst the symbolic handover of revenue distribution contributed by Tanah Lot, Tuesday (Jan 29). Besides, she added, the Tanah Lot also had an outstanding magnetic power and was able to draw fantastic tourist visits. “Tanah Lot has become an international tourism icon because tourists when visiting Bali feel incomplete without paying a visit to Tanah Lot,” said the first female regent in Bali.
To support the infrastructure of Tanah Lot tourist attraction, explained Regent Eka, Tabanan County government had made some improvements. They consisted of sidewalks, parking lots, addition of street lighting, road markings and repair of public facilities. “As an icon of the world, we should have supporting facilities that can satisfy tourists visiting the Tanah Lot,” she said.
Similar opinion was also revealed by the Operations Manager of Tanah Lot Authority Board, I Ketut Toya Adnyana. For this year 2013, his party would build a Wantilan Hall as a resting place for drivers and tourist guides. “Other than providing services to tourists, we also want to provide services to our colleagues escorting tourists,” he explained. Toya said the arrangement of other infrastructures put in the agenda of Tanah Lot tourist attraction included the parking area and sidewalks. “It is intended to provide services in the form road facilities for tourists,” he added.
Then, related to the number of tourists visiting Tanah Lot, Toya said there was an increase of 11 percent over the previous year. In 2012, the number of tourist visit to Tanah Lot reached 2.5 million, while in 2011 only reached 2 million people. “The visit is still dominated by domestic tourists,” he added. Toya admitted the results of revenue distribution of Tanah Lot showed an increase. It was allocated for Tabanan County government as much as 58 percent, Beraban customary village (24 percent), Tanah Lot tourist attraction (7.5 percent), customary villages across Kediri subdistrict (6.5 percent) and temples around Tanah Lot area (4 percent). (BTN/015)