Minister of Tourism and Creative, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno. (Picture: kemenparekraf)
Minister of Tourism and Creative, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno. (Picture: kemenparekraf)

BADUNG, Bali (BPN) – Minister of Tourism and Creative, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, plans to develop health-based tourism in Bali.

Sandiaga said Health-based tourism can be developed on a cultural basis. In addition, the development of this tourism product can involve various parties, one of which is a tourism village.

“This medical tourism is expected to become the pillar to spread enthusiasm in the midst of the pandemic. After the pandemic, we spread hope and open up opportunities (jobs) through medical tourism,” Menparekraf Sandiaga said at a National Webinar “Medical Tourism Integrative Medicine for Post Covid Recovery Program and Recover Bali Tourism” which was held at the Udayana University, Bali, on Wednesday.

The chance to develop the medical tourism sector has actually been started since 2012 but has not been fully exploited.

“At the end of 2020, Tourism Ministry (Kemenparekraf) together with the Ministry of Health have carried out the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation Agreement to develop health, medical, fitness and herbal tourism in Indonesia as one of Indonesia’s leading tourism products,” Sandiaga said.

Sandiaga explained that there are several steps taken by the government and his party to develop the potential for medical tourism. Among them is the development of several international-standard hospitals in Bali.

“In addition, we will also design quarantine and isolation with tourism nuances. So during isolation for five to 10 days, tourists will be invited to join yoga, learn traditional Balinese dances, and also watch art and gamelan (traditional music instruments) performances,” said Sandiaga.

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