THE INDONESIA’S Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy held a limited meeting with several Bali tourism stakeholders as an effort to open and re-accept foreign tourist visits to the Island of the Gods.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno after a meeting held at the Bali Tourism Polytechnic with the Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) and representatives of the Bali tourism industry, Friday (9/24) explained, the results of the meeting this limited amount will later be submitted to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan during a Ministerial meeting on September 30, 2021.

“From the inputs submitted by the Deputy Governor and stakeholders or tourism stakeholders, first the conditions in Bali have shown a conducive situation and this preparation step has entered the final stage. According to the direction of Minister Luhut, we will prepare in October 2021,” said Sandiaga Uno.

Furthermore, Minister Sandiaga explained that the implementation of health protocols and integration of care-protect applications must be prepared in various destinations. In an effort to suppress local transmission to a minimum and strengthen response capacity (Testing, Tracing, Treatment).

“And the last one is the preparation of adaptation tour packages. Adaptation tour packages related to the expansion of the green zone will be prepared by industry friends,” he said.

Sandiaga also explained that the Ministry of Tourism wants all tourist destinations in Bali to be included in the green zone category, but currently three pilot locations named SUN, namely Sanur, Ubud, and Nusa Dua, have been prepared as pilot projects to receive foreign tourists to the Island of the Gods.

“This SUN is included as a green zone destination for Bali. And this is what we will try to prepare, including encouraging Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) and care for protection which we continue to improve,” he remarked.

Regarding potential countries to bring in foreign tourists, Sandiaga explained that his party continues to study which countries are the targets, but attention must also be paid to handling the COVID-19 pandemic at the origination because of the new variants of COVID-19.

“We continue to monitor, and there are several countries that are potential targets and this will also be discussed later on September 30, 2021, because we have to adjust the handling of COVID-19 at the origination of tourists and new variants that we continue to monitor closely,” Sandiaga undelined.

We want nature and culture-based tourism, he continued that sustainable tourism will become the latest trend of post-pandemic Indonesian tourism, the industry must prepare special interest tourism packages, cultural tourism, tourist villages, and this is what we are aiming for in the future to achieve sustainable tourism.

Meanwhile, Bali Deputy Governor Cok Ace explained, the government continues to strive to monitor and monitor the COVID-19 situation as an effort to welcome foreign tourists back to Bali. However, he hopes that there are several plans related to whether or not the opening of Bali in the near future.

“However, this is not a matter of being opened or not, which is only black and white. We hope that there will be plans a, b, and c. So, it’s not a matter of opening or closing, but there are levels that we need to explore, whether related to tourist objects or quarantine places. And the accommodation we have prepared,” he concluded. [ special]