DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) admitted that the recovery of Bali tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic ends is not an easy job to do. The main focus will be the implementation of health protocols in all sectors, especially the tourism industry.
This was conveyed by Cok Ace during a National Web Seminar organized by Bank Indonesia’s (BI) Bali Office, themed “What Can Bali’s Tourism Industry Do With Digital Payment In The New Normal Era”, in Denpasar.
According to Cok Ace, one component in the health protocol that needs to be applied is the non-cash transaction.
“This is important for at least two reasons. First, cash can be a medium for the spreading of viruses. Second, the non-cash transaction is actually an effective and safe method. This will be good momentum for us to start promoting the non-cash community movement or Cashless Society,” he explained.
The challenge, Cok Ace added, that most people in Bali are not familiar with the digital payment instruments.
Deputy Governor Cok Ace hoped that Bali will not only be a pioneer in the use of non-cash transactions but also excel in developing innovation and the application of digital information technology.
Meanwhile, Head of the BI Bali Office, Trisno Nugroho, said that the Webinar aimed to exchange knowledge and socialize the non-cash transaction method in the after the pandemic ends.
According to Trisno, Bank Indonesia will collaborate with banks in Bali to educate the public regarding non-cash payment.
Trisno explained that since the first quarter of 2020, non-cash transactions have begun to increase, this is the impact of the pandemic where people are more likely to choose non-cash transactions or using m-banking.
Thus, he hoped that tourism associations, banks, and other relevant parties can take part to educate people in Bali towards the non-cash payment.