Uncertain of when when the pandemic will end, the central government of Indonesia has initiated a tourism promotion called “Bali, I Miss You”
Director of Information and Maritime Public Relations, Septriana Tangkary said during a webinar that she’s optimistic that if this campaign is success, it could solve the financial problem in the areas where tourism is the main source of income such as Bali.
Bali is the number one tourism priority of the Indonesian president because Bali had been contributing 40% of the foreign exchange to the country.
“The President has said that the reopening should be done with several stages to minimize a new cluster of Covid-19 with a strict health and safety protocols” Tangkary said.
Head of the Advanced Indonesia Woman Organization, Lara T Koentjoro said that she’s targeting 1 million visitors to come to Bali during the pandemic.
“I know that there are some areas that are considered red zone, but we can just focus on the green zone areas that’s a lot safer to visit,” Lara said.
She hopes that all the stakeholders could participate in this program. “We need to start spreading the positive news among the people, so they don’t have to be worried.
There’s still so many places with zero case of Covid-19,” Lara added.
Meanwhile, The Directorate General of Information and Public Relations, Widodo Muktiyo said that the amount of arrivals from tourists at the Bali Ngurah Rai airport had decreased 100% until June.
“Nowadays, the government is focusing on the recovery of the domestic tourism industry by implementing strict protocols, subsidize airplane tickets, and tax incentives for hotel and restaurants” Muktiyo said.
Executive Director of the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association, Ida Bagus Purwa Sidemen has been ensuring every hotel and restaurant is verified with the new normal certificate.
“I suggest to all the travelers to ask the hotel management about their health protocols without hesitation before staying to give a safety feeling during their vacation” Bagus Purwa concluded.
There have been no dates released regarding the phased reopening that the President mentioned.