Tourists visited Ujung Water Palace at Karangasem Regency.
Tourists visited Ujung Water Palace at Karangasem Regency. (Archive BPN)

JAKARTA (BPN) – The COVID-19 pandemic which hits more than 200 countries including Indonesia has brought global changes. Tourism is one of the sectors which is predicted to experience a change in travel trend after the pandemic is over.

Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani on a virtual discussion of Industry Roundtable Tourism and Hospitality Industry Perspective on Friday, explained, she will continue preparing for a change of new travel trend after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

“We will prepare destinations following the new normal condition. The destination is prepared by taking the main principle of sustainable tourism including health and safety issues,” Giri said as quoted from the ministry’s press release.

She also explained, the government has divided three stages in handling the COVID-19, they are emergency response period, recovery, and normalization. The government has also reallocated its budget and implemented special programs during the emergency response period of the COVID-19.

“The reallocation budget will be directed to various programs that support the emergency response period to help the tourism and creative economy sector. In this forum, we also ask for collaboration with other parties in facing the current situation,” she said.

On the same occasion, also present as speakers Founder & Chairman Markplus, Inc., Hermawan Kartajaya, Deputy Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, and Head of Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) for Bali, Ida Bagus Okanentru Agung Partha.

Hermawan said, the tourism sector is the sector most affected by the pandemic and has impacts on other sectors.

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“Now everybody is aware that when tourism stops, the economy also stops. Everybody just realizes that tourism is the backbone of the economy. The COVID-19 is interesting because tourism will never be the same again,” Hermawan said.

He also thought that, despite being hit by COVID-19, Bali is a good example in combining “God, people, nature” in the tourism sector.  Because he predicts that after the COVID-19 there will be more tourists demanding tourism not only in terms of price but also the sustainability of the environment in the tourism destinations. 

They want quality destinations with better nature and security, mitigation systems, which can occur by combining these three elements.

“Speaking of recovering or surviving, it is certain.  Now let us talk about the preparation or preparing for the tourists when they return after the COVID-19.  Bali is an example and it has endurance.  West Nusa Tenggara is also currently preparing because of its potential in the future.  As I have said, those regions are aware that tourism is an economic driver,” he said.

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