Illustration. (Picture by Kemenparekraf)
Illustration. (Picture by Kemenparekraf)

JAKARTA (BPN) – The central government continues to discuss the plan to open the gates of Bali tourism for international tourists. Regarding the Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA), the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno ensured that the readiness and targets are still on track.

However, he said, the opening of the TCA which is targeted by President Joko Widodo in July 2021, must consider the potential of COVID-19 transmission both domestic and abroad because there are several other countries experiencing spikes in new cases such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

“Hopefully this TCA will be on time, we will continue to coordinate with related Ministries/Agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the Ministry of Health, the COVID-19 Task Force, and the Bali Provincial Government,” he said in Jakarta, Monday (7/6/2021), as quoted from the Ministry’s press release.

“In the third quarter, we can conduct trials for foreign tourists with charter flights. Of course, with the implementation of health protocols, and very strict and disciplined arrival requirements, vaccination is one of the requirements for foreign tourists who come to Bali.”

In addition, Menparekraf also continues to encourage the vaccination program because, in order to implement the TCA program, the vaccination target in Bali must also be achieved.

The target is that 6 million vaccines will be distributed, meaning that 3 million people in Bali will be vaccinated. The vaccination program continues to be boosted because Bali is a priority province.

Previously, the Deputy Governor of Bali Cok Ace hoped that the plan to open Bali for foreign tourists in July 2021 would not be postponed again.

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Moreover, Cok Ace explained, the massive vaccination program has had a significant impact on reducing the number of Covid-19 cases on the island. In addition, Bali has also been named the most obedient province to wear masks.

Cok Ace also explained the longing of foreign travelers to visit Bali. This is reflected in a number of survey results that placed Bali as the first destination tourist will visit if the pandemic ended. Cok Ace invited tourism actors to use the study as a basis for preparation for the opening of Bali tourism.

“Most of them (tourists) are bored because they have been staying at home for quite a long time. From there, we know what to prepare for their arrival,” he said when appearing as a speaker at the Focus Group Discussion in Karangasem Regency, Sunday.

On the same occasion, Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB) Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana explained that currently out of 500 hotels in Bali, only 212 hotels are still operating.

“That’s just the hotel category, if it includes other types of accommodation such as villas, the number reaches 2,000, and only 500 are operating,” he added.

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