Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno met the Governor and Vice Governor of Bali to discuss key economic issues in Bali, including the establishment of a COVID-free travel corridor.
The meeting was held at the Governor’s official residence on Thursday (11/12). Among the solutions put forth by Minister Sandiaga is government aid for afflicted tourism businesses and villages.
Travel Corridors or travel bubbles are agreements between countries that allow for the entrance of tourists without the need for quarantine.
The Indonesian Tourism Minister also told Governor Koster that the COVID-19 Free Corridor program is currently at the final stage of discussion among the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Law and Human Rights Ministry, Health Ministry as well as the COVID-19 Handling Task Force. Further details on which countries have agreed to the corridor have not been released.
Koster explained that the meeting was initiated by Sandiaga in efforts to find solutions to safely recover the tourism sector of Bali that is heavily impacted by the pandemic.
“We had a serious discussion to find short and long-term solutions for our crisis here in Bali,” Koster said.
It was mentioned that a total of USD 669 million (9.4 trillion) will be allocated for a soft loan program for tourism businesses as well as labor-incentive programs for 177 villages in Bali.
Additionally, Sandiaga is optimistic that the vaccination process will run faster as the central government is prioritizing Bali when distributing vaccine supply.
“Hopefully this can be accomplished within the next few weeks. We pray and hope that Bali tourism will recover soon,” Sandiaga concluded.
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