A Number of Regions in Indonesia Will Be Ready to Reopen Tourism

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JAKARTA, Cilacap.info English – The spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has brought tourism sector to a screeching halt, resulting in collapse of tourism-related industries comprising aviation, hotel, restaurant, and other travel and hospitality businesses worldwide.

With COVID-19 pandemic lingering on since early this year, several nations are currently migrating at a measured pace, from crises management to recovery efforts, especially to brea new life into tourism sector that has been foremost and worst affected by COVID-19 outbreak.

Indonesia is one of nations that is keen to initiate efforts to usher in recovery in their tourism and hospitality industries that have been dealt a debilitating blow by COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, Indonesia’s several regions registered no tourist arrivals, thereby leaving hotels, travel agents, and related services with no choice but to close down.

As government announced a plan to transition from large-scale social distancing measures (PSBB) to new normal concept, several regions are also prepping to revive tourism industry.

Bali, one of world’s most popular resor islands, in cooperation with Tourism Creative Economy Ministry, is currently preparing health protocols for tourism in new normal.

However, Bali provincial administration is yet to take a decision on when to reopen island for tourists.

However, if it is decided to reopen it gradually, local government will be selective in receiving international tourists and will enforce stringent health protocols.

“At onset, we will focus on domestic market, but once international market opens, we expect tourists from nearby countries, such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam,” I Putu Winastra, secretary of Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) of Bali chapter, had remarked recently.

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