THE state of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit Indonesia has also had an impact on the tourism sector and creative economy of the country, given the current crisis conditions, there are three main programs that will be carried out by the Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy, and these programs are in accordance with President Jokowi’s direction.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno at the 2020 End of the Year Press Conference at Plataran Forest City, Jakarta, Tuesday (29/12) stated that first, innovation so that within one year there must be fundamental changes to super priority destinations. We are currently innovating, starting from clothing, dances, innovation in terms of infrastructure and everything related to tourism and the creative economy, culinary, men’s fashion, and so on.

“Second, we will use an adaptation strategy to the current pandemic situation. To deal with a pandemic, the government and business actors must prioritize health and safety in every tourism destination. We must ensure that CHSE [Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environment] is a prerequisite for the revival of this sector,” he said.

He also explained, finally, we will open up wide job opportunities and maintain and prosper the community. This effort was carried out through a collaborative strategy with all parties.

“Millions of jobs are affected in the tourism sector and the creative economy. We will fight to maintain and develop empowerment, so that we can open the widest possible job opportunities and maintain the level of income and welfare of society, especially in the tourism sector and the creative economy,” Sandiaga noted.

He added, it is certain that the development of super priority destinations initiated by President Joko Widodo will continue. This program includes five super priority tourist locations, namely Labuan Bajo, Lake Toba, Mandalika, Borobudur and Likupang.

In a year-end press conference, Sandiaga Uno accompanied by Deputy Minister Angela Tanoesoedibjo explained that the development of super priority destinations will be carried out again starting next year.

“Super priority destinations will be continued next year, by preparing destinations from all aspects related to product readiness. From infrastructure, culinary, fashion and others. To ensure that this super priority destination development program runs, I made sure the visit agenda. The Deputy Minister and I will be going to a roadshow to five super priority destinations. Hopefully it can be mapping for destination readiness, and it can be improved during 2021,” Sandiaga Uno concluded. [ special]