THE tourism sector in the province of Bali declared itself ready to welcome domestic tourists to return to enjoy the natural beauty, culture, and performing arts on the Island of the Gods starting July 31, 2020 in an atmosphere of adaptation to new habits.

This was done after the Central Government together with the Provincial Government of Bali and all Bali tourism stakeholders held a Declaration of Tourism Program Activities in the New Era of Bali Life Order & Digitalization of Tourism Based on Indonesian Standard Quick Response Code (QRIS) at the Nusa Dua Peninsula, Bali, Thursday (30/7).

According to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in his remarks said, the tourism sector is currently one of the areas that is highly considered by the government. Because it is considered to be able to open up a lot of jobs and contribute to a large foreign exchange for the country.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has a real impact on all sectors, especially in the tourism sector. Now the economy has begun to be restored. And today is very historic because we are reopening the Bali tourism sector. By considering how many positive people there are, how many green zones. Not just from opening,” Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said.

He also stressed to all tourism stakeholders in Bali, after reopening the tourism sector will need cooperation and discipline to implement health protocols.

“Bali is almost all have a green zone, and no red zone. Cooperation between us is important. We must build a work team for that, health protocol is not negotiable,” he noted.

On the same occasion the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio appreciated the community and the Provincial Government of Bali for remaining optimistic and positive thinking to continue building their tourism in the future.

“Now, Bali is ready to implement health protocols in the new era order. Therefore, I am very happy because tomorrow Bali tourism is ready to welcome the tourists back. We also appreciate the steps taken by Bank Indonesia in implementing digitalization in QRIS-based tourist destination areas,” he stated.

Wishnutama explained, the Ministry of Tourism provided assistance from preparation to the reopening of tourist destinations in Bali. To strengthen the Sapta Pesona program and revitalization of its Amity. As well as providing various facilities including hygiene, health and safety support tools.

“For that, let’s jointly implement the Cleanliness, Health, and Sustainability Environmental (CHSE) protocol as well as possible to create a sense of security for tourists and be confident in our tourist destinations,” he added.

Likewise, Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said, Bali’s readiness to open the tourism sector was carried out in stages on July 9, 2020 for local Bali tourists and on July 31, 2020 for domestic tourists and the plan for Septermber 2020 will be open to foreign tourists.

“Therefore, we dare to carry out this selective gradually, this is our hope, lest we open tomorrow a new case appears that tarnished the image of Bali tourism. It needs the support of all stakeholders and tourism players,” he affirmed.

Wayan Koster added, I hope hotels and businesses can resume their activities. Hopefully in the third quarter of this year the tourism sector here has improved. Economic activity can be fully supported especially to promote tourism and infrastructure in Bali. []