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After the earthquake, tourists return to visit the three Gili in Lombok

KompasTravel.com  "It's Crossing activities to Gili Matra tourism objects namely Trawangan, Meno, and Air are reopened after a magnitude 7 earthquake on August 5, 2018 which rocked Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara.

From the observation of Antara, activities at the Ward Harbor in Pemenang Subdistrict, North Lombok Regency, on Thursday (08/16/2018) afternoon, saw a number of ferry boats arriving from the departure of Gili Trawangan. Not a few passengers who descended from each ferry boat from Gili Trawangan, both foreign and local tourists and employees on Gili Trawangan.

The Karya Bahari Navy Cooperative, which manages the crossing route to Gili Matra, is also seen open even though it does not use a cooperative office which is usually a place to sell crossing tickets. "We open here first sir (temporary building near the cooperative office). We have been open since four days ago," said Firli, an officer of AL Karya Bahari Cooperative in Bangsal Port.

From his statement, the ferry activity from Bangsal Harbor to Gili Matra has increased since four days ago. Not even a few foreign tourists who come on vacation to Gili Trawangan.


Two foreign tourists riding bicycles in the Gili Trawangan tourist area, Gili Indah Village, Pemenang District, Tanjung, North Lombok, NTB, Wednesday (08/08/2018). After the earthquake that struck the North Lombok area, some foreign tourists chose to remain in the tourist area of Gili Trawangan. (ANTARA PHOTO / AHMAD SUBAIDI)
Two foreign tourists riding bicycles in the Gili Trawangan tourist area, Gili Indah Village, Pemenang District, Tanjung, North Lombok, NTB, Wednesday (08/08/2018). After the earthquake that struck the North Lombok area, some foreign tourists chose to remain in the tourist area of Gili Trawangan. (ANTARA PHOTO / AHMAD SUBAIDI)


It's not as crowded as before the earthquake. But starting from the beginning we open until now, the number of crossings is quite good, increasing, today only 10 times crossing," he said.

Edward, foreign tourists from Australia, who claimed to have vacationed in Lombok since before the earthquake, did not feel disturbed by the current situation and conditions.

Even Edward, who was met with his family, dropped off from the Gili Trawangan ferryboat, claiming he was not worried about the disaster. But he was sad to see the condition of the people who were victims of the earthquake.

"It was a disaster, a natural disruption, why should I be afraid. The disaster could happen anywhere," he said, pointing and staring sadly at a local resident who was sitting near the ruins of his building. Edward's arrival with his wife and two children to Gili Trawangan just wanted to see the conditions and atmosphere.

Not to stay overnight, because he and his family first opened an lodging room in the Senggigi tourist area, West Lombok Regency. "We want to see the conditions after the earthquake, there are buildings that are damaged, but the activities there are normal, just not so crowded. Hopefully the atmosphere will recover quickly," he said.

The same thing is also expected by Fajar, owner of a ferry crossing route for the Port of Bangsal-Gili Trawangan. He and his colleagues, expect the atmosphere of Gili Trawangan to return as before.

 "If the ticket price is normal, but it's still not so crowded. But we are sure, the condition will quickly return to normal," said Fajar.

In an effort to revive the world of tourism in North Lombok Regency, Lombok Earthquake Disaster Relief Dansatgas Colonel Czi Ahmad Rizal Ramdhani, targeted the Pemenang Subdistrict area, including Gili Trawangan, clean from rubble from former earthquake buildings within a week from Wednesday (15/8 / 2018). (Editor: I Made Asdhiana)


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Original Title : Pascagempa, Wisatawan Kembali Kunjungi Tiga Gili di Lombok
Editor: I Made Asdhiana
Source: AntaraNews; com Translation into English : Asep Haryono
 



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