JAKARTA (BPN) – Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio encourages the tourism ministers of G20 members to continue to cooperate and prepare new standards in responding to the dynamics of global change (new normal) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the tourism sector.
Wishnutama on a virtual meeting forum entitled “The Extraordinary G20 Tourism Ministers Virtual Meeting”, on Friday (24/4), led by the Tourism Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ahmed Al-Khatib also Head of the 2020 G20 Forum, said the tourism sector is currently facing a severe challenge as the impacts of the COVID-19.
In Indonesia, more than 2.000 hotels are closed, almost all tourism destinations, objects, and facilities are stopped and affect the employees in it.
“Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia has and will continue to ensure the various stimuli needed by the tourism employees and industry can be fulfilled during the emergency response and the COVID-19 recovery period. That fast and appropriate actions must be taken during this period,” Wishnutama said as quoted from the ministry’s press release.
One of them is supporting the medical personnel by providing hotel and transportation facilities, that it is also a form of support for the hotel and transportation business to continue employing the employees.
Indonesia has also taken various steps under the economic stimulus policy that worth more than USD 24 billion to help the community survive this pandemic.
Wishnutama said the current situation requires the public to stay at home to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19. However, it must be admitted that even though the community is physically stuck at home, this pandemic has connected people digitally way more intensive than before.
The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy believed that this phenomenon will develop into “new normal” which has positive impacts on the tourism sector.
Therefore, he encourages all nations to cooperate in preparing the new standards as a response to the dynamics of global change caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the tourism sector.
“Indonesia believes if all the country of G20 members work hard and hand in hand in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism sector will again prove its ability to be ‘resilient’ in facing various disasters and problems,” Wishnutama said.
“We have to set new norms in fighting this pandemic. We have to strengthen collaboration to formulate and reform the international standards so that we can work together and help each other in all affected sectors, especially the tourism sector which is the most affected,” he said.
The G20 Forum consists of the 20 largest economies in the world, including Indonesia.
Specifically, in the Extraordinary G20 Tourism Ministers Virtual Meeting, several guest countries such as Spain, Singapore, Switzerland, and Jordan, as well as the Leaders of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are also invited to submit information and the steps each have taken in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the tourism sector.
This meeting aims to facilitate cooperation in protecting the business of tourism, employment, and supporting the tourists through unprecedented challenges.
“It needs strong cooperation to push the world in mitigating and restoring the situation, both during the pandemic and post-pandemic situation. Indonesia is ready to help, in formulating global policy and implementing new norms and standards,” he said.