Temple Warrior
    Category: Companies & People By : Sonya Angraini Read : 1352 Date : Monday, June 09, 2014 - 07:23:35

    SuryoWibowo for Forbes Indonesia

    LaillyPrihatiningtyas was appointed president director of PT Taman WisataCandi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko (TWC) in December last year. At 28, she is the youngest president director in the country of a state-owned firm. While the news of her appointment came as a surprise to her and others, Tyas (as Lailly is known) has vowed to prove the decision was right. Though she realizes that she doesn’t have extensive experience, she is certain that her youth can bring something to the table. “As a young person, one must be eager to learn new things and be willing to gain the information you need through discussions with different groups of people,” she says.

    She admits she has experienced some resistance because of her youth, but she feels it can be overcome. “Establishing good communication is the key,” says Tyas, who obtained her masters degree in Financial Accounting from Tilburg University, Netherlands. The main issue, she says, is improving coordination between stakeholders. The company oversees the operation and maintenance of the heritage temple sites of Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko. The sites have many stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, the regional governments (Yogyakarta and Central Java), UNESCO, as well as scholars, religious figures, local communities, humanists and NGOs. She explains that all these stakeholders have different roles and interests; so balanced coordination is the key to good relationships with all of them. “Ultimately though, we all share the same goal, and that is to preserve culture,” she says.

    In 2013, the company booked Rp 35 billion in net profit. The biggest revenue contributor was ticket sales, while the remainder was a combination of rental, accommodation, and transportation services. Some days, as many as 15,000 visitors can visit the temples. The company allocates 25% of its annual profit to a conservation fund for the three temples. As part of its CSR, the company also tries to employ local residents to provide security, selling souvenirs, manage parking and make sarongs for visitors to wear. “We are committed to helping local communities by allowing them to help us manage these important temples,” says Tyas.

    Another goal is to improve the facilities around the temples. The facilities should not only focus on accommodating visitors, but also build a deeper understanding of the cultural and historical values of the temples. TWC promotes the temples’ different values, be they cultural, educational, or religious through the surrounding museums and visitor centers, most of which are currently undergoing renovation. TWC has also been collaborating with Telkom to implement a new e-commerce and online ticketing system this month. “This system will also make it easier for us to monitor the number of visitors the sites receive,” she says.