BALI – Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy / Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, noted three special things during his three days in office and met tourism and creative economy actors in Bali from Thursday (10/2) to Saturday (12/2).
First is the desire and readiness of the tourism and creative economy communities in Bali to immediately open borders in a travel bubble mechanism. Including the aspirations of Pelindo III which wants the entrance to foreign tourists by sea can also be opened later. “The tourism and creative economy community in Bali signals readiness for Bali to reopen immediately with a free covid corridors mechanism,” said Menparekraf Sandiaga Uno.
Menparekraf will convey these aspirations to related parties such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Ministry of Health, and others to finalize plans. This includes examining the possibility of holding a coordination meeting with the Bali Provincial Government as well as the COVID-19 Handling Task Force in March 2021.
Previously, when attending the Regional Meeting of the PHRI DPD Bali, Sandiaga said, the travel bubble would later carry the concept of free covid corridors or COVID-19 free corridors. As preparation, Sandiaga asked tourism business actors to apply discipline protocols clean, healthy, safety, and environmental sustainability or CHSE.
The second is the hope of the Balinese tourism and creative economy community to get priority vaccination.
“It also includes several stimulus programs such as softloan, labor-intensive programs, tourism grant funds, the BISA program, and the CHSE certification,” Sandiaga said.
Finally, he saw that the Balinese were ready to carry out the 3M health protocol (wearing masks, washing hands and keeping their distance) and 3T (testing, tracing, and treatment).
“God willing, we will make this happen, soon. I am committed because we want to get out of the pandemic and economic pressure together,” Sandiaga said.***
Editor – Igo Kleden