ULUWATU Temple Outdoor Area Tourism, Bali, has officially started implementing digital payments based on the Indonesian Standard Quick Response Code (QRIS), which is a form of adaptation of tourism businesses and the creative economy to digital transformation in a new era of habits.

According to the Director of Regional Destination Development II, Wawan Gunawan, said the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on all sectors, including the tourism sector and the creative economy, which mostly earned income from the tourism sector.

“Therefore, we appreciate and support the steps of the Bali Provincial Government, which together with the Regency Government and all Bali tourism stakeholders held the launch of the New Normal Kecak and the Digitalization of the QRIS-Based Payment System in Uluwatu, Bali on August 22, 2020,” he said.

He added that this activity could be an effort to improve services by applying a QRIS-based digital or non-cash payment system which is considered fast, easy, cheap, and safe. So that it can minimize physical contact in the era of adapting to new habits.

“The outer area of ​​Uluwatu Temple has a tourist attraction which was previously very crowded with domestic and international tourists. With the application of the QRIS digital payment instrument, it can be a solution to restore and stimulate tourism and the creative economy in Uluwatu, Bali,” Wawan Gunawan noted.

Wawan Gunawan said the implementation of health protocols was one of the main keys to the success of this program. Therefore, I hope all tourism stakeholders in Bali will synergize this program together for our common progress.

Meanwhile, Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of QRIS digital payments is considered a good and more efficient medium for transactions. This is also expected to accelerate the revival of the Balinese economy.

“The pattern of tourists in the era of adaptation to new habits has changed. Tourists tend to look for services that apply health protocols such as maintaining distance and avoiding direct physical contact. With QRIS, tourists can visit safely and comfortably,” Wayan Koster stated.

Wayan Koster explained that in handling the efforts to recover the COVID-19 pandemic, all stakeholders, tourism actors and the community are expected to be able to implement health protocols correctly, be disciplined and committed, and have a sense of responsibility.

“If this is carried out properly, I hope that in the fourth quarter of the tourism sector in Bali it will be better than now. So that in 2021, Bali will be positive or become a green zone as a whole,” Wayan Koster pointed out.

Likewise, the Head of Bank Indonesia Representative Office for Bali Province, Trisno Nugroho, explained that QRIS Bank Indonesia is one of the digital payment instrument solutions that can be applied in all sectors, especially tourism, which requires everything to be fast, easy, cheap, and safe. And it can be applied in all sectors, from ticketing, taxes, or to meet the needs of foreign tourists visiting the Uluwatu Temple Area.

Trisno Nugroho added that the Outer Lura Uluwatu Area as the main tourist destination, is the area most affected by COVID-19 and is expected to revive soon. Therefore, Bank Indonesia strongly supports the implementation of digital applications in the new normal era. Through this digital application, it is hoped that the Balinese economy will slowly revive,” Trisno Nugroho concluded.

Trisno assessed that the choice of the Uluwatu Temple Tourism Object Area was very appropriate, because it is one of the favorite tourist destinations for tourists with an average number of visits before the pandemic of 6,000-8,000 tourists per day. []