The regional administration of Tabanan have announced its intention to make the improvements in the areas surrounding Bali’s iconic Tanah Lot Temple a top priority in the future management of that popular tourist destination in Bali.
Among the specific area slated for attention in 2012 are improvement in information systems, better parking facilities, destination promotion, trash and waste management, dedicated pedestrian walkways, improved traffic control and lighting.
As reported by The Bali Post, leaders in Tabanan hope the improvements will not only help develop the areas surrounding the Tanah Lot temple but also create employment opportunities. These aspirations were given voice during an initial meeting between the regent of Tabanan, Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti, the vice-regent of Tabanan, Gde Sanjaya, and the operational manager of the agency charged with managing Tanah Lot held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
The meeting, lend by the chairman of the Management Agency for Tanah Lot and the Regent discussed a number of issues including considering concrete steps which can be implemented in 2012 by the newly appointed management board.
The newly appoint Tanah Lot manager, Ketut Toya Adnyana, said that in the short term he will concentrate on instilling discipline and upgrading work place synergy and enhancing the welfare of workers at the popular religious site which also attracts million of tourist each year. He also plans to create special souvenirs for travel agents, repair the infrastructure and the hosting of a major cultural event in June 2012.
“Long term programs include working with various agencies of the government to improve the supporting facilities connected with Tanah Lot Temple. I hope that in the future we will formulate programs that will give a felling of safety and convenience to tourist visitors, permitting the number of visitors to grow each year,” explained Adnyana.
Based on Regulation No 40 of 2011 issued by the regency of Tabanan on the structure, organization, membership and responsibilities of the management board for the Tanah Lot Temple complex, the management responsibilities for the area are to be shared by the government and the surrounding traditional villages.
“I hope the total structure of the management board, both the chairman and the supporting staff, will undertake the duties and responsibilities in accordance with is assigned duties and function. To this end there needs to be better coordination between the related government agency so that the Tanah Lot Complex retains its place as an international tourism icon and improves in quality in the future,” said Tabanan regent Eka Wiryastuti.
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