Tue, 13 Mar 2007
Yoyakarta (ANTARA News) - Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengku Buwono X said his province`s tourism had been seriously affected by the series of disasters that had hit the region in the recent past.

"The series of natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cold lava streams, whirlwinds and the crash of a Garuda Indonesia airplane has crippled Yogyakarta`s tourism ," Hamengku Buwono said here on Monday.

The Yogyakarta governor made the remarks at a seminar on revitalization of Yoyakarta`s tourism.

Yogyakarta`s tourist industry has plunged into a saddening situation as a consequence of the spate of natural disasters, he said.

"One disaster happened after another over a relatively short period of time. Hardly had we begun to recover from one disaster or another happened," he said.

Yoyakarta has at least 109 tourist attractions, namely 21 ancient temples, 14 beaches, 12 cultural tourism sites, 14 spots of religious interest, 36 museums, 8 natural tourism destinations and four flora and fauna tourist objects.

In May 2006, a strong earthquake hit Yogyakarta and parts of Central Java killing around 5,000 people.

Indonesia sits on the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire" and experiences frequent earthquakes as well as tsunamis triggered by underwater earthquakes.

On Wednesday last week, a Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-400 jetliner flying from Jakarta to Yogyakarta with 133 passengers and seven crew members on board, overshot the runway and burst into flames at Yogyakarta`s Adisutjipto airport.

At least 21 passengers were killed in the accident.(*)



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