UNITED NATION World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) appreciates the implementation of the Indonesia’s Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE)-based health protocol for the tourism sector and creative economy  in Indonesia which increases opportunities for the revival of the tourism sector in the country.

Indonesia has issued health protocol guidelines based on CHSE as a derivative of the health protocols issued by the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) and other ministries/agencies. The protocol also adopts regulations issued by world organizations such as UNWTO.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio in a seminar entitled “Capacity Building Workshop on Restarting International Tourism in Bali” which was held in Bali recently said I welcomed the cooperation and support from UNWTO in helping Indonesia prepare itself to open tourism, especially for visitors. international.

“This seminar focuses on discussing the government’s strategy in an effort to reopen tourism including the formulation of policies, procedures, health facilities and infrastructure, as well as immigration protocols during the adaptation period of new habits,” he said.

Wishnutama explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the paradigm of society, where health, security and safety factors are considered in determining tourist choices or destinations. That is why the Ministry of Tourism is focused on implementing the free CHSE Certification program for the tourism sector in 34 provinces, as a new standard to improve the quality of Indonesian tourism.

“Indonesia has launched the development of quality tourism as a strategic plan going forward. This means that tourism development must pay attention to and develop all aspects of tourism and the creative economy. For this reason, the cooperation and support from UNWTO will make Indonesia more ready for development towards quality tourism,” Wishnutama noted.

He added that the impact of Quality Tourism will be extraordinary, because it will make tourists feel more at home at the destination, so stay longer, spend more. Finally, not only will the number of tourists increase, but GDP and foreign exchange will also increase.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mahendra Siregar also expressed his gratitude to UNWTO for supporting Indonesia during the crisis. According to him, it is important for Indonesia to collaborate to restart tourism.

“For the benefit of not only visitors to Bali, but for all stakeholders, including tourism and industry workers. Especially during the seminar, the UNWTO delegation made a visit to the airport and several destinations,” Mahendra concluded. []