NUSA DUA, Bali (BPN) – Tourism and creative economy industries in Bali have started to apply digital payments called Indonesian Standard QR Code (QRIS). The QRIS app is provided by Bank Indonesia (BI) as part of health protocols to support to revive the tourism sector in the new normal.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister (Menparekraf) Wishnutama Kusubandio said QRIS became a solution to revive the tourism sector because there would be no physical contact in buyer-seller interaction or cashless.
“QRIS will facilitate the transaction system for the tourism sector and the creative economy, which is easy to use, faster, and contemporary,” Wishnutama Kusubandio said in Nusa Dua, Thursday.
Menparekraf said that the positive image of Bali’s tourism is not only considered by the Indonesian people but also becoming the world’s attention.
“Therefore, Bali’s success in applying health protocols will have an impact on the rise of national tourism. At the moment, the government is also working hard to provide tourism stimulus in the form of flight ticket incentives,” he said.
Bank Indonesia of Bali representative office head, Trisno Nugroho, explained that the implementation of QRIS was started in January 2020.
“QRIS Bank Indonesia is one of the digital payment solutions that can be applied in all sectors, especially the tourism sector, where everything must be fast, easy, and safe. And it can be applied in all sectors ranging from retail, ticketing, taxation, or to meet the needs of foreign tourists,” he said.
The number of merchants using QRIS in Bali as of July 24, 2020, has reached 114,446 merchants, an increase of 337 percent compared to early 2020.
From that number, 57 percent of QRIS users came from micro-businesses, 20 percent of small businesses, 17 percent of medium businesses, and 6 percent of large-scale businesses.