DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda “Cok Ace” Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati said that the Bali Government continues to strive to revive Bali tourism since it was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. He admitted, since the public activity restriction (PPKM) was first implemented in early January 2021, it has had a significant impact on the economy, especially in tourism.
“However, health is a priority. So in accordance with the instruction of the central government, we must prioritize the safety of the people,” he said in a webinar held by Warmadewa University’s (Unwar) Student Executive Body (BEM), Saturday.
Cok Ace explained that the government has prepared stimuli, especially in the tourism sector, to revive the sector and the economy of Bali.
The Bali provincial government has submitted a proposal to the central government such as the Free Covid Corridor, which is to open Bali’s tourism to countries that have completed vaccinations for their people. Besides, the vaccination in Bali should reach 75 percent of the total population.
“We’ve asked the central government to prioritize vaccines for people in Bali, and asked the community to cooperate towards the vaccination program, so we can immediately open international tourism,” he said, adding that foreign tourists entering Bali must undergo checks upon arrival at the airport.
Another step, Cok Ace stated that the government is preparing social aid (bansos) for tourism villages throughout Bali. It is hoped that tourism villages can pay employees as well as mobilize them to spend their money.
“We are trying to have money circulating in Bali so it can move our economy,” he added.
While tourism actors have also prepared various efforts to welcome tourists if international flights will be opened. Cok Ace said that tourism associations and actors have prepared a Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environment (CHSE) certificate.
It is hoped that the certification would increase tourists’ confidence and trust towards Bali’s seriousness in handling the pandemic.