MINISTER of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio submitted the first certificate of Indonesia Care (IDoCare) as a form of readiness for Bintan Regency, Riau Islands (Kepri), in implementing the Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) health protocol properly.

During the “Indonesia Care Campaign” in the Lagoi, Bintan, Riau Islands region, Saturday (26/9), Minister Wishnutama explained that the Riau Islands, especially Bintan, had great tourism potential, and was also one of the entry points for foreign tourists to Indonesia.

“The main reason that the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy chose Bintan Island to be the first place to submit the CHSE certificate is because Bintan is one of the lowest hanging fruit and has great potential for future tourism development,” he said.

Wishnutama also explained, the Indonesia Care Campaign as a communication strategy to promote the CHSE protocol. The implementation of the CHSE protocol in tourist destinations is needed to foster a sense of security and comfort for visiting tourists. Moreover, Indonesian tourism in the future will lead to quality tourism.

“The real implementation of this campaign is through the certification and labeling process of Indonesia Care. This program is a process of auditing and verifying the CHSE protocol standards for tourism business actors and the creative economy who have conducted destination trials,” he noted.

On the same occasion, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartanto, said that Bintan is a tourist destination that is most ready to implement health protocols with the latest conditions in the green zone and across borders between countries.

“Bintan is the first lever for the Indonesian tourism sector. However, this can only be achieved by implementing a disciplined and ready protocol. Riau Islands is included in the green zone. The recovery rate also reaches 64.7% and the confirmed fatality rate is below the national level of 3 percent, and the number of active 605 patients,” he pointed out.

Airlangga said, with this potential, tourism sector activities could be carried out again by starting the market from domestic tourists. You can also start Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) activities.

“As the President said that when it is ready, the tourism sector can be restarted and rebooted from the Riau Islands. Therefore, through the launching of the CHSE by providing Indonesia Care certificates, tourism activities must use strict protocols. Or it can be started with convention tours in in the country, because the number of participants in the convention can be limited and the number of participants in the event can be limited,” Airlangga concluded. []