DUE to the spread of the Corona virus now tourism stakeholders in Bali will work together in an effort to overcome the decline in the number of tourist visits as a result of the spread of the Corona virus.

According to the Chairperson of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB) / Bali Tourism Industry Association (GIPI), Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana said there were 40 thousand hotel cancellations with losses reaching IDR1 Trillion every month.

“All we have to do is fill in the gaps to fill the short-term gap that is happening. At present, we can rely on the Singapore and domestic markets because some tourism events will still be held in Bali,” said Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana.

He added, I appealed that the tourism industry players do not panic facing the situation by turning challenges into opportunities. The data noted the economic growth rate in Bali in 2019 reached 5.63 percent.

“Bali’s economy is still fairly healthy despite a significant decline in the number of foreign tourist arrivals. Many MICE agendas were canceled in Singapore and Malaysia. This can be used as an opportunity by making the agenda shifted to Bali as an area not affected by the spread of the virus,” he said.

While the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama said in the midst of the tourism situation that was being affected by the Corona virus outbreak, a comprehensive strategy was needed. One of them is by intensifying the organization of meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE) tours which are identical to quality tourists.

Minister Wishnutama also had the opportunity to inaugurate the Convention Exhibition Bureau (BaliCEB) as a forum for managing MICE (Meeting, incentive, Convention, and Exhibition) business people on the Island of the Gods to become more integrated and directed.

“I am also here to get a lot of input from the Balinese tourism industry in facing the challenges that are happening now. The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy highly appreciates the Bali Tourism Board/GIPI and Bali CEB which have been supportive and creative partners so far,” said Wishnutama.

Wishnutama also mentioned that tourism ministry also received input and coordinated with a number of relevant Ministries/Institutions to prepare a comprehensive countermeasure for the impact of the Corona virus.

“Hopefully together we can continue to build synergies together and become partners in advancing Indonesian tourism,” Wishnutama concluded. []