THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy invites business players to raise the Red and White (Indonesia’s) flag as a symbol of enthusiasm to face the pandemic.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno during an online Weekly Press Briefing, Monday (8/2) said that we invite tourism and creative economy business players to be prepared amid the declining number of COVID-19 cases amid the Enforcement of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) Level-4.

“I suggest that some of those who raise the white flag replace it with Red and White in August as a symbol of the spirit to face the pandemic, a symbol of togetherness and mutual cooperation. The white flag that has been flown by business players is a sign of asking for help for the government and all stakeholders in the tourism sector and the creative economy,” he said.

Sandiaga explained, the Tourism Ministry has discussed with hoteliers in areas such as West Java, Central Java, East Java to Yogyakarta to encourage hotels to be prepared as accommodation for health workers. It is hoped that this activity can increase the hotel occupancy rate above 40%.

“They are also encouraged to establish vaccination centers in order to achieve the target of two million vaccinations per day. The Tourism Ministry also continues to encourage vaccination programs, including in five super priority destinations. The plan, the vaccination program will be held in Lake Toba on August 6th. The same program will be implemented in other tourist destinations such as Borobudur, Labuan Bajo, Mandalika and Likupang,” Sandiaga remarked.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has previously made 6 State Tourism Universities and 3 Authority Bodies under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to be centers of COVID-19 vaccination.

Currently, Sandiaga concluded that the community must face the reality to tighten activities going forward and start preparing the use of vaccine cards as a condition of tourism activities and the creative economy. In the future, I hope that the use of application-based vaccine cards and digital technology can run smoothly. []