Mount Rinjani Park Hall Calls Gender Separation Debate Must Stop

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of Lombok's Mount Rinjani National Park Hall Sudiyono wants to hear no more arguments and debates about the Agency's plan to separate the camping areas of men and women on the 3,726 meters above sea level mountain.

    “With the utmost respect, we urge everyone to stop the debate about the policy. It can potentially hurt Indonesia’s tourism industry,” said Sudiyono in a written statement on Thursday, June 20.

    Sudiyono asserts that the notion will not be executed since the idea of separating the male from female hikers is not a priority program.

    Mount Rinjani hikers.

    “The program will not be implemented since it is not our priority,” he said.

    As of now, the Mount Rinjani National Park Hall is focusing its efforts on fixing the hiking management, especially about electronic ticketing, waste management, and improvements of the hiking route infrastructures.

    He says that the separation is feared to create unnecessary debates among society but assures that the park hall fully supports the Halal tourism concept offered by West Nusa Tenggara Governor.

    Mount Rinjani was officially reopened on Friday, June 14, after it was closed since August of 2018 due to a massive earthquake that hit the region. Currently, those who want to hike the mountain must register themselves digitally through an app called e-Rinjani.

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