A year the Covid-19 pandemic hit, causing Tanah Lot’s Tourism Attraction (DTW) income in Beraban Village, Kediri District, Tabanan, to plummet.
From what was usually earned per month reaching Rp. 6 billion to Rp. 7 billion, now during a pandemic period it only gets Rp. 350 million per month. It is very difficult even to reach the Rp 350 million figure.
During the pandemic, only 200-300 tourists visit Tanah Lot per day. Meanwhile, on weekends the visit only reaches 500 people. The ratio of this figure fell significantly at the time of visits before the pandemic which reached over 5.000 people per day.
Tanah Lot I Wayan Sudiana’s DTW Manager admitted that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which has been running for a year has made Tanah Lot’s income decline. It is concluded that the monthly income has fallen by about 99 percent.
The decrease in income is due to the absence of tourist visits to Tanah Lot due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, in 2020, Tanah Lot and other tourist attractions were completely closed for 4 months (March, April, May, June) which resulted in minus income.
“In a normal (pandemic-free) atmosphere, Tanah Lot’s mainstay tourists are from China and Taiwan,” he added.
Sudiana said that the income of Rp. 350 million per month made it difficult for management to cover operational costs. Operational costs must be carried out for the arrangement of the area. But on the other hand, the drop in tourists to Tanah Lot did not mean that 148 Tanah Lot DTW staff were laid off.
They still work but each person works only for 15 days per month.
On the other hand, to reduce the boredom of management staff amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the management plans to raise local entertainment in Tanah Lot. Soon, the traditional games of pindekan and sunari will be installed at several points in the Tanah Lot area.
“We will also continue to promote Tanah Lot through social media, with the hope that during the Idul Fitri holiday, visits can increase,” said Sudiana.