Bali is planning to target travelers from nearby countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar once the province is reopened for international tourists.
Under the new normal, tourism operators are busy implementing health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19 once borders reopen, said the secretary of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies Bali, I Putu Winastra told Antara.
“The protocol will be applied to every tourism sector, including transportation, accommodation, restaurants, and all tourism objects,” explained Winastra.
Under the new normal, tourists visiting Bali will have to carry some documents, including a statement declaring that they do not have Covid-19, their itinerary, and details of their arrival date and departure dates.
Winastra said that countries closest to Indonesia, such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam, could become the first tourists to Bali once the province has reopened their borders for international visitors.
“In the beginning, we will focus on the domestic market, but when the international market opens, we expect tourists from nearby countries, such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam,” Winastra told Antara.
The CEO for the Greater Jakarta Region at PT Garuda Indonesia, M Yansverio, said Bali is the perfect destination for domestica and international flights.
“Garuda Indonesia is ready to support the industry and government in developing tourism in Bali, once the government decides to reopen the area for tourism,” he added.
The Deputy of marketing at the Ministry of Tourism, Nia Niscaya, told Antara it is important to maintain confidence in Indonesia’s image by conveying all the latest health and sanitation policies and information about tourist destinations in Indonesia. This will help the tourism industries of Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar to maintain cooperative relations with Indonesia.
“It is important for Indonesia to provide an update on tourism products to industries in Thailand and Indochina regarding what Indonesia has done to prepare tourist destinations to welcome returning foreign tourists in future,” she said.
“We hope that the tourism industry players in Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar get the picture in regard to the implementation of the new normal protocol, in this case, the CHS protocol, in Indonesia, especially Bali. That way, they can provide insights regarding the manufacture and sale of Indonesian tourism products in the future,” Nia Niscaya concluded.