Three international cruise ships are reported to have cancelled plans to call on Lombok, with one the three citing the poor state of the island following last year’s earthquake.
The general manager of port corporation PT Pelabuhan Indonesia in Lembar (Pelindo III), Erry Ardiyanto, has told Kompass that three of 26 cruise ships (for 2019) have cancelled.
“The main reasons given were the recovery process following last year’s earthquake and the problem of trash,” he said.
Erry added that in dealing with problems like trash at destinations, PT Pelindo III needed the support of the public.
Erry was supported by the chairman of the NTB Chapter of the Association of Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA), Dewantoro Umbu Joka, who said the problem of trash and the cleanliness of public toilets following last year’s earthquakes needed the urgent attention of the regional government.
However, the head of tourism for West Nusa Tenggara, H. Lalu Mohammad Faozal, denied the cancellation of three cruise ships to Lombok was related to hygiene and trash problems.
He said his office had taken steps to routinely clean the coastline in several key areas of Lombok, assisted by the local community in each location.