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JAKARTA (BPN) – Indonesia plans to reopen its tourism gradually, which will start from natural tourism. The nature tourism to be reopened gradually consists of marine tourism, water conservation areas, adventure tourism, national parks, natural tourism parks, grand forest parks, wildlife reserves, and geo-parks.

In addition, non-conservation natural tourism includes botanical gardens, zoos, safari parks, tourism villages, and natural tourism areas that are managed by the community, according to Head of COVID-19 Acceleration Handling Task Force Doni Monardo as quoted from the press release on Tuesday.

Doni Monardo said that these tourism natural areas can be gradually reopened up to a maximum visitor limit of 50 percent of the normal capacity.

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“The natural tourism areas which are permitted to be reopened are those located in the green and/or yellow zone regions. Other zones will be regulated in accordance with the readiness of regionals and area managers. The decision to reopen the natural tourism areas in 270 regencies/cities in the green and yellow zones are up to the regents and mayors,” Doni said.

He said decision-making must go through a discussion process with the Regional Leaders Communication Forum involving managers of the natural tourism areas, the Indonesian Doctors Association in the area, epidemiologists, public health experts, community economists, religious leaders, cultural leaders, community leaders, press figures, conservation activists, the business professionals especially the tourism industry players and the regional legislative council (DPRD) through a community-based Penta helix collaboration approach.

“The implementation of this decision must go through pre-condition stages, namely education, socialization, and simulation in accordance with conditions of the natural tourism area and the characteristic of the people in each area,” he said.

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If in its development a COVID-19 case or a violation of the provisions in the nature tourism area is found, the regency/city task force team will tighten or re-closing the area after consultation with provincial officials and the central task force.

While the Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said that there are 29 national parks and natural tourism parks which can be reopened gradually from the current projection time until mid-July, 2020.

“A number of national parks that we will reopen such as Mount Gede Pangrango, Bromo Tengger Semeru, and or Rinjani,” Siti Nurbaya said.

After that, several other locations will also be reviewed to be opened gradually. Among them are DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, East Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi, South Sumatera, and also Bali.

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Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio expected the reopening will revive the economy of the society, especially in the tourism sector.

“Currently we are planning to open natural tourism which has a low risk to the transmission,” Wishnutama said.

He reminded that in the reopening plan of natural tourism, it must be followed by a strict health protocol implementation.

This health protocol for the tourism and creative economy sector prepared and proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has been ratified through the Minister of Health Decree.

This health protocol is expected to be a reference for all parties in the tourism reopening planning, including natural tourism.

He appreciated the support from the COVID-19 Acceleration Handling Task Force and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in planning the reopening of natural tourism.

“Do not let the implementation of this tourism reopening will later trigger an increase in new cases. Because fixing protocols can take a day or two, but restoring the trust takes a longer time. If we are not careful and disciplined in implementing it, the economic impact can be even worse for the practitioners of the tourism sector,” he said.


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