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Tourism Minister Optimistic of Bali Economy in 2021

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Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno is optimistic about the vaccination program in Bali to spark growth and progress in the economy, namely the tourism sector. “Of course we are optimistic, but we must move and not wait. Discipline is still being carried out and hopefully, it can be realized in 2021,” said Sandiaga Uno. 

tourists in Bali masks
(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

He highlighted the priority of tourism workers for vaccination in order to help the economy.

He noted that the vaccination process and the reopening of the international travel corridor this year could bring growth of 3% to 4.8% to Bali’s economy, according to the data from Statistic Center Agency, Indonesian Bank, and World Bank.

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

“It is our priority to restore this sector which in general absorbs more than 34 million workers. We are going through difficult times in the tourism sector and the creative economy, and we can see that in Bali today, “Sandiaga Uno said, Monday (1/3).

“I hope this vaccination program will bring a snowball effect to the road of recovery, as we begin preparations to reopen our border,” Sandiaga added. “We have to move fast, and run our programs as soon as possible, rather than just sit and wait for things to get better” Sandiaga added.

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

Conclusively, Sandiaga is establishing communication with the international embassies to agree on mutual travel bubble agreements.

“I am currently talking about the COVID-free corridor plan with the ambassadors of friendly countries who are already in a ready condition such as China, Singapore, and others for the possibility of opening the doors of international tourism. What is clear is that we need to sit together a lot to prepare for this,” he concluded.

tourist on cliff monkeys
(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

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Brendan Dearling

Friday 5th of March 2021

I’d be optimistic too if I was getting a government guaranteed salary 🤣

Wayan Bo

Friday 5th of March 2021

To hold referendum for Kingdom of Bali would be a solution.

Wayan Bo

Friday 5th of March 2021

Seychelles will reopen on March 25th this year without any restriction. - Taiwan is very good in fighting pandemic.


Friday 5th of March 2021

How can you talk about safely opening tourism when you show all pictures of people - tourists and Balinese - with NO MASKS? I'm really eager to get back, but I sure would not shop in any of these places.


Monday 8th of March 2021

@Joao, If this pandemic was real? You’re an idiot.


Sunday 7th of March 2021

@Linda, if you are afraid of the virus you can't trust that a mask alone will protect you. Flying on a plain with other passengers could easily get your sick (if this pandemic was real). So don't go on holiday and stay home. Staying home saves lives, remember?