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President Joko Widodo has recently appointed a new Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno – previous Vice Governor of Jakarta, to stimulate the tourism industry in Indonesia. 

As Indonesia’s prime tourist destination, Uno made a trip to Bali to analyze and discuss the reopening of the island to international tourism.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Today (27/12) marks Uno’s first appearance in Bali as Tourism Minister, as he arrived to evaluate the performance of safety measures and prevention protocols on the island.

The objective of this visit is to assess airport and hospitality regulations to verify that Bali is safe and ready to reopen.

“I believe the most integral constituent for Bali is to enforce all health and safety protocols as the island is considered as the main tourist destination for both domestic and international tourists” said Uno. 

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Uno plans to establish communication with the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, and the Maritime and Investment Coordinator Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, to discuss the possibility of reopening which he says is his number one priority during this visit.

“I’m also concerned about the people in Bali that have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. I hope people will stay patient as I try to find solutions” Sandiaga added.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

After inspecting Ngurah Rai International Airport, along with several tourist attractions, Uno admitted that the execution of protocol is strictly enforced.

He also noted that Bali has sufficiently managed the influx of domestic tourists this holiday season.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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