TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Sleman Tourism Agency in Yogyakarta recorded a significant number of tourist visits in tourism sites located in the vicinity of Mount Merapi, which remains open despite the fact that the stratovolcano’s status had been increased to ‘alert level III.’
“The tourist visitations in the two-day weekend holiday after the increased status of Mount Merapi reached thousands,” said Aris Herbandang, head of the Sleman tourism development and creative economy to Tempo on Tuesday, November 10.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, the agency recorded 1,763 tourist visitations in destinations located in Kaliurang. While destinations in Cangkringan, the closest to the mountain, saw 2,092 tourist visits.
However, Aris clarifies that the visits are at locations considered to be outside of Merapi’s 5-kilometer dangerous perimeter.
Tourists visiting areas in the mountain’s vicinity are ordered to maintain a safe distance from Merapi that can be confirmed in the available app called ‘Jarak Aku dan Merapi.’
PRIBADI WICAKSONO (CONTRIBUTOR)