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Indonesia’s tourism minister lauds Bali’s readiness to welcome tourists

Passengers wear masks in the arrival hall of Bali's Denpasar airport. CREDIT: AMILIA ROSA. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

JAKARTA, Aug 2, 2020, ANTARA. Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio commended the provincial government and people of Bali for voicing their readiness to welcome tourists in the new normal scenario, ANTARA reported.

“Currently, Bali is ready to implement health protocols in the new normal. Hence, I am very happy because tomorrow, Bali tourism is ready to welcome tourists back. We also laud the steps taken by Bank Indonesia in implementing digitalization in QRIS-based tourist destination areas,” Wishnutama stated here on Friday.

The minister lauded the Balinese people, who remain upbeat and positive to continue to conduct tourism development in future.

The ministry has assisted in the preparations to reopen tourist destinations in Bali, including in providing various facilities against COVID-19, such as hygiene, health, and safety support tools.

“Hence, let us jointly implement the CHSE (cleanliness, health, safety and environmental sustainability) protocols properly to create a sense of security for tourists and be confident in our tourist destinations,” he noted.

The tourism industry in Bali Province is ready to welcome domestic tourists on the resort island from July 31, 2020, by applying health protocols and adapting to new normal practices.

Earlier, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan had stated that the tourism sector is currently one of the areas prioritized by the government in its recovery efforts since it is able to open up numerous job opportunities and contribute to significant foreign exchange for the country.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on all sectors, especially the tourism sector. Now, the economy has begun to show signs of restoring. Today is very historic because we are reopening the Bali tourism sector based on the number of confirmed cases and green zones,” Pandjaitan stated.

He also called on all tourism stakeholders in Bali to apply strict health protocols amid the pandemic.

“Nearly every region in Bali is already a green zone, and there is no red zone,” he stated.

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