Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati. (Picture: Pemprov)
Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati. (Picture: Pemprov)

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) welcomed the plan to include health protocols as a requirement for accreditation of tourism business on the island.

On a meeting with the Indonesian Tourism Business Certification Institute (LSU SUPI), Thursday, Cok Ace said, the health protocols will be an added value for Bali’s tourism promotion.

“It can attract and convince VVIP guests that Bali is ready with adequate facilities and health systems for tourists,” he explained as quoted from the press release.

Cok Ace hoped that all tourism businesses, not just hotels, to implement health protocols for both employee and tourist.

“This accreditation is not only for hotels, but restaurants and tourist attractions also need to be assessed. Because it can guarantee the quality of our tourism,” Cok Ace added.

Cok Ace said that for this program, LSU SUPI can invite the COVID-19 Task Force to provide provisions for auditors in assessing the tourism businesses.

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Meanwhile, Director of LSU SUPI, Sujana, explained the importance to include the COVID-19 prevention and health protocols in the assessment of tourism businesses, which is yet to be included in the Country’s Law or Regional Regulations on the assessment and accreditation of tourism industry certification.

“COVID-19 has a significant impact on our tourism. If it can be applied, it will be a selling point in attracting tourists to Bali,” Sujana explained.

Besides being a selling point, the inclusion of health protocols in the assessment also to prepare quality Bali tourism.

“The issue of health and the readiness of its facilities has always been an important point in tourism. For that reason, this can be momentum for Bali to prepare it,” he said.

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