Tourism Ministry Prepares Bali as Pilot Project for CHS Program after the Pandemic Ends

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – The Tourism Ministry has prepared a Cleanliness, Health, Safety (CHS) program as the tourism tagline after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

This was revealed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, during a coordination meeting which was also attended by Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace), in Denpasar, Thursday.

Giri Adnyani stated that the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has affected all aspects of the economy, including tourism. For this reason, an immediate and prompt effort must be taken to restore the affected destinations

“When we enter the new normal, all habits that were not considered normal will be the new normal. For this reason, the implementation of CHS is appropriate, “explained Giri Adnyani.

Giri Adnyani explained Cleanliness includes the cleanliness of tourism attractions and entrances from viruses, bacteria, and dangerous chemicals. Health will be a service to people and utilizing environmentally friendly technologies.  While the Safety includes the security of tourists and people in Bali.

Bali is made a pilot project considering the island by far is the best province in the country in handling and preventing the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also added that Bali is also able to reduce the local transmission cases compared to other provinces in Indonesia, whereas until last March, Bali was still visited by foreign tourists. And now Bali entering the period where COVID-19 curve starts to flatten and she hopes to decline soon.

Giri said that If this positive trend continues, the Ministry of Tourism has prepared a program that is divided into two periods. The first is gaining confidence program from June to which includes the preparation and revitalization of destinations, planning promotional programs, and assistance to tourism actors.

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Then the appealing program will start in October 2020, which is the gradual opening of tourism destinations under strict health protocols, promotions, organizing events, MICE Roadshows, and Media Campaign. So that in 2021 Indonesia’s tourism is expected to be back to normal.

The provinces that are prioritized for this program are Bali, Yogyakarta, and the Riau Islands. Then it will be continued to other provinces.

Meanwhile, Deputy Governor Cok Ace appreciated the Ministry of Tourism’s program. However, he expected the opening of tourism in Bali will not be done simultaneously, it can be started from Nusa Dua.

“Considering that there are many tourists who already missed Bali so much, we can start by opening the ITDC in Nusa Dua. Considering the complex is physically isolated and far from settlements and has complete facilities,” he said.

Cok Ace asserted that when the COVID-19 pandemic around the world reaches zero percent, the island can gradually open several tourism objects, such as the Tanah Lot in Tabanan or Monkey Forest in Ubud.

For the record, the opening will not be followed by the opening of the surrounding areas, to maximize the social distancing at first.

Cok Ace believed that Bali will be ready to accept more tourists after this pandemic. Because Bali has proven to always rise after a disaster, such as the Bali bombings and the eruption of Mount Agung.

Deputy Governor Cok Ace also emphasized that the opening of tourism in the future must comply with health and safety protocols under relevant agencies.

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