Indonesian ministers hosted an event in Bali on Friday (26/3) called “Rethinking and Reinventing Bali Post Covid-19” with several ambassadors from different countries.
The event was held in the Kecak Ballroom of Sofitel Hotel in Nusa Dua and was attended by ambassadors from Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Netherlands and Russia. Each participant was required to get a negative covid test before attending. During the event, most of the participants explained that they expect Bali to ensure a high standard of implementing prevention protocols before they reopen the Indonesian border to both international tourism and international investment.
The Canadian Ambassador, Cameron Mackay said that Bali used to receive around 90,000 Canadian visitors each year before the Covid-19 pandemic struck over a year ago. Cameron is still optimistic that Bali will be one of the most attractive tourism destinations and ensured they would support tourism post pandemic. “We’re really impressed with all the efforts from the Indonesian government to revive Bali tourism by implementing some strict regulations and protocols.” said Mackay. Canada is being very careful in allowing their citizens to travel during the pandemic and will not take part in the travel corridor.
Meanwhile the Maritime and Investment Coordinator Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan explained that Bali was chosen to host this event to show the world how the government handles the Covid-19 pandemic on the island. “Bali is the representative of Indonesia, so we want to show the world how serious we are about handling the global pandemic here.” Luhut concluded. He also said that the central government will be quite selective in choosing which countries to open the travel corridor with in order to prevent Covid cases from surging when the border finally reopens.