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Andong Owner’s Speech During PPKM Level

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Magelang

Since the Magelang Regency area became a red zone, tourist destinations were automatically closed, including Borobudur Temple. How is the fate of andong tourism?

Before the pandemic, tourists at Borobudur Temple could enjoy carriage services to travel around the area and villages. To go around the Borobudur Temple area, the tariff is IDR 100,000. Then, to go around the village or visit the village, there is a separate tariff starting from Rp. 100,000 to Rp. 350,000 per carriage.

“We are working with friends. For 2-wheeled carriages there are 32. Then for the four-wheeled there are 10. Andong, the total investment is around Rp. 35 million. One unit of horses and one 2-wheeled carriage,” said Chairman of the Borobudur Tourism Cluster, Kirno Prasojo when found Bali Tourism at his house, Thursday (29/7/2021).

Kirno said, for a four-wheeled carriage, the investment reached around Rp. 75 million. Then, before the Covid-19 pandemic, the carriage driver at least a month could earn IDR 2 million. But since the pandemic, tourists have closed practically no income at all.

Owner of a carriage in Magelang Photo: (Eko Susanto/Bali Tourism)

“For a four-wheeler with 1 horse, the investment is around Rp. 75 million. The horse is also different, it has to be bigger, so the price is more expensive. Actually, yesterday before the pandemic the coachman was at least a month, Rp. 2 million got it. It has been cut clean for eat horses, but after this pandemic closed, it was 0 (zero). There really was no operation because there were no guests,” he said.

He said he had four horses. For this reason, until now there are still two personnel in charge of caring for the horse. The tactic is to reduce the menu.

During the pandemic, Kirno said that he wanted to sell a horse that was previously purchased for Rp. 30 million. Then, once offered to traders Rp 15 million, but the traders do not want to buy on the grounds that they still have horse merchandise.

“If you want to sell it, it’s also difficult. I bought a horse at Jumoyo for Rp. 30 million. Even though I bought it not so well, now it’s fat, I offer it to the seller again for Rp. 15 million, I don’t want to buy it. ‘He said there are still many horses that have not been sold’. We sometimes want to sell it for a cheap price, but if we don’t sell it, it becomes a burden. So what our coachmen are facing is really hard. There is no income, but expenses continue. If the car stops, it’s okay, but the horse has to keep going, “he said.

Owner of a carriage in MagelangOwner of a carriage in Magelang Photo: (Eko Susanto/Bali Tourism)

Prior to the pandemic, the carriage that worked with him was scheduled to operate. One day in, one day off, then the carriage drivers have to wear uniforms.

“Before the pandemic it was arranged one day to enter and one day not. So a day there were only 16 carriages (two wheels) and only 5 wheels per day. That’s a ticket for Rp. 100,000 for one round trip. It’s Rp. 25,000 to TWC, the coachman gets Rp. 50,000. We divide Rp. 25,000. To pay ticket officers, security officers on the line, for insurance. Then for the villages we pass through, we give Rp. 1,000 per ticket. That was in 2019, one village was around Rp. 19.3 million. There are 4 villages, Sabrang Rowo, Bumi Segoro, Gopalan and Ngaran,” he said.





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