DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali is famous for its cultural-based tourism which for years has attracted millions of tourists. But it will slightly change after the COVID-19 pandemic ends since Bali Authorities plan to focus on Nature Tourism as the main point of the promotion after reopening.
This was revealed by Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) during a webinar held by the Research and Development Agency (Litbang) of Badung Regency, on Wednesday.
Cok Ace said that the Bali Provincial Government has analyzed how to revive Bali tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for Bali’s main promotion, whether to promote the Culture, Nature, or others.
Cok Ace, who also Chairman of the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Bali Chapter, said that so far, 65 percent of Bali’s tourism appeal came from Cultural tourism, followed by nature tourism 30 percent, and artificial tourism 5 percent.
But, Cok Ace added, the pandemic makes it impossible to display cultural performances such as dances and several other performances. For this reason, Bali Authorities will refer to the second option, which is to prioritize natural attractions, wherein nature there is also cultural value that can attract tourists.
“The Balinese culture that animates other attractions is still relevant to be developed. For that, let’s get back to nature, and combine it with the values of local wisdom and health protocols,” said Deputy Governor Cok Ace.
According to Cok Ace, if the central government would allow Bali to reopen, then Bali would gradually open tourist attractions, and keep evaluating the effectiveness of the health protocols applied.
This, according to Cok Ace, to make tourists feel safe and comfortable. This is also done to maintain the image of Bali as the world’s favorite destination.
“For this reason, the SOP for the health protocol that focuses on health, hygiene, and safety is still being prepared in detail,” Cok Ace said.
Deputy Governor Cok Ace further explained that the COVID-19 case in Bali is started to flatten, but one thing needs to be aware of is the local transmission.
Bali Government through the COVID-19 Task Force has always called on the community to implement several health protocols so that the virus transmission can be suppressed until finally at zero cases.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of Disease Prevention and Control of the Indonesian Ministry of Health Dr. Achmad Yurianto said, the COVID-19 case is increasing in the country.
Yuri explained that the peak of the pandemic is expected to occur in June and will begin to end in August.
For this reason, any regions plan to reopen the tourism sector must prepare a precise and detailed SOP or health protocols. The protocol at one place with the other cannot be equated, for example, detailed health protocols in the market cannot be compared to protocols in schools.
Thus, regional administrations should focus to arrange the health protocols, and conduct massive socialization to the public and tourists so that reopening of tourism can be done safely and healthily.