THE recovery of the tourism and creative economy (parekraf) sector in the country is closely related to efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, revealed the Tourism Ministry also supports the government’s steps in efforts to reduce the rate of spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia. We must comply with 3M, namely using masks, maintaining distance, and washing hands, so we must reduce the number of the spread of COVID-19.

“In addition to 3M’s health protocol, efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 need to be implemented 3T (testing, tracing, treatment) and evenly vaccinated, especially for tourism and creative economy actors. So we have to take steps to reduce the rate of spread of COVID-19,” he said.

He explained that controlling the spread of COVID-19, Also greatly influenced the recovery steps for the tourism sector and the creative economy in the country. Such as the plan to establish a Free COVID-19 Corridor in Bali and the Riau Islands.

“For that we are trying various steps to control the spread of COVID-19 in Bali, if possible through 3T and vaccination. We have to keep moving, we must pay attention to the possibilities and opportunities in order to survive and if there is a setback, for example the number (spread) of COVID-19 increases again, we will carry out a more stringent micro implementation of restrictions on community activities (PPKM),” Sandiaga noted.

Sandiaga also said that the health sector and the economy were two inseparable things. Health is the current commander, the data determines how we can revive the economy.

Not only that, he said there needed to be innovation, adaptation, and collaboration from related ministries and institutions in the context of restoring the tourism sector and the creative economy. These three approaches are very relevant in efforts to restore and develop the tourism sector and creative economy in Indonesia.

On the other hand, Sandiaga invites Indonesian citizens to participate in the success of the national movement to be proud of traveling in Indonesia. Every year there are around IDR150 trillion in funds that are spent by Indonesians on traveling abroad.

“So it would be good if we reallocate IDR150 trillion to domestic tourism with “bangga berwisata di Indonesia” (proudly traveling in Indonesia)” or #diindonesiaaja. Because for now we are focusing on working on the domestic tourist segment,” he concluded. []