THE Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, immediately carried out various work activities in his first week since being inaugurated by President Joko Widodo. Today, Sunday (27/12), Sandiaga made a working visit to Bali to ensure that health protocols are strictly implemented in various destinations during the Christmas and New Year 2020 holidays.

“My visit to Bali this time is to ensure that the implementation of health protocols has been carried out with discipline in the tourism sector and the creative economy in one of Indonesia’s favorite tourist destinations, namely Bali,” Sandiaga said.

In his first destination review, Sandiaga saw the readiness of implementing the CHSE health protocol, namely Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar. Sandiaga saw directly the flow of passengers when they got off the plane, validated the health declaration form (E-HAC), and the PCR certificate.

As is known, the Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster in Circular (SE) Number 2021 of 2020 requires visitors who wish to enter Bali via air transportation to take a PCR test D-7 before departure. Sandiaga also monitors the flow of passengers when picking up luggage.

While in the departure area, Sandiaga reviewed prospective passengers who were undergoing a rapid process.

“I want to report, we happen to see with our own eyes the process of implementing the health protocol which only increases by 3 seconds from all the stages referring to the established protocol. I expect compliance from tourists and visitors who come to Bali from all regions, because this is for our common interest. We strictly adhere to it and be disciplined,” Sandiaga noted.

Data from the Christmas-New Years Post,  I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport shows that the number of passengers on domestic aircraft continues to grow. The average daily growth of passengers during the Christmas and New Year holidays is 14%. Data from 18 December to 26 December 2020, the number of passengers arriving in Bali was 62,093 passengers. Meanwhile, for departures, there were 54,317 passengers.

“Of course we are concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic. Direction from the President, that we must improve we must prepare our tourist destinations because the tourism sector and the creative economy have prepared a lot of job opportunities. I heard that in Bali so many have been affected by losing their jobs. jobs, lack of income and a difficult economic situation. So this is a situation that is certainly our concern and priority in the future,” Sandiaga stated.

The work visit of Minister of Tourism & Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno will last two days until Monday (28/12/2020). Sandiaga plans to review the implementation of the CHSE based health protocol in various other tourist destinations in Bali.

This includes meeting with local government officials in Bali as well as industry and tourism and creative economy players to discuss and get input and constraints faced in order to get the best strategy going forward.

Sandiaga affirmed he was optimistic that signs of a revival in Bali tourism were beginning to appear. In the midst of the pandemic, since May 2020, it was noted that the arrival of planes to Bali began to increase 10 times.

“The number of Wisnus even increased more than 30 times during the period from May to November 2020, both by land and air. That based on the reports he received until the end of December 2020, an average of 6,000 tourists entered Bali,” he added.

Sandiaga said that he came to Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, to review and ensure firsthand the service and implementation of standard health protocols.

“This is a blusukan, we can see directly the CHSE standard that has been initiated which must be chaseed and check its implementation in the field. Bali has become a kind of champion in the post-pandemic national tourism reactivation process,” he said.

He added, I am sure that Bali is fully ready to welcome tourist visits during the Christmas and New Year holidays, as well as being more and more ready to welcome the revival of tourism. []