SINCE the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia in early March 2020, Indonesian Tourism has practically experienced a significant decline in performance, both from foreign tourist arrivals, hotel room occupancy rates, a drop in the number of passengers in transportation modes, and sectors related to tourism.

The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) has indicated that more than 1,600 hotels and nearly 300 restaurants have been closed during the implementation of large-scale social restrictions in various provinces and cities in Indonesia, and this has resulted in losses of up to IDR21 trillion in tourism.

In addition to the tourism sector, COVID-19 also caused an economic slowdown due to community concerns for activities. However, PHRI as an Indonesian Tourism organization which is seen as the locomotive of the National tourism industry as well as the earliest organization that stands still does not remain silent.

On Wednesday (8/7), PHRI held a Health Protocol Simulation at JS Luwansa Hotel, Jakarta. The Health Protocol Simulation was attended by Wishnutama as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Ahmad RIza Patria as Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta, Hariyadi BS. Sukamdani, as Chairman of the PHRI, as well as staff from the Ministry of Health, and COVID-19 National Task Force for Handling.

The Health Protocol Simulation was carried out thanks to the collaboration between Kemenparekraf and PHRI as a momentum to revive national tourism by complying with health protocols developed by the relevant Ministries and industry associations.

Minister of Tourism & Creative Economy, Wishnutama expressed his appreciation to PHRI for successfully pushing the hotel and restaurant sector in Indonesia to implement health protocols in accordance with those set by the Government.

“With this activity I hope to be continued by other business sectors in the national tourism industry in order to foster public confidence so that tourism businesses can gradually recover,” he said.

Meanwhile Hariyadi BS. Sukamdani said we wanted to convince the public and the central and regional governments, not to be hesitant to return to business or leisure activities in hotels, banquets, or restaurants, because by re-activating activities like this can restore the national economy which is currently experiencing a slowdown.

“With the title ‘KAMI SIAP’, PHRI wants to convince the general public, corporations, governments, and stakeholders that the Hotel and Restaurant sector is ready to return to receive guests both for accommodation, as well as meetings and events at hotels and restaurants.

He concluded, we would like to thank the Minister of Tourism & Creative Economy and his staff for their support of this national simulation event, and also we request support from the Regional Head and his staff at the Tourism Office to support the industry’s efforts to restore tourism in a gradual, measurable and certain way. []