MINISTER of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said the COVID-19 vaccination and health protocols were the key to the recovery of the tourism sector and the creative economy.

“Currently, there are more than 100 million people in Indonesia who have been vaccinated. Supported by an increase in housing mobility such as schools and offices, as well as recreational areas and retail sales continue to increase even during the PPKM period,” said Sandiaga closing the 2021 World Marketing Forum (WMF) which was held virtually, quoted from a press release on Saturday (10/10/2020). 24).

He also mentioned that Indonesia’s current condition has returned to its activities with calibration to increase the quantity and quality of Tourism and Creative Economy.

According to Sandiaga, although in general the Creative Economy has experienced a decline due to the pandemic, the estimated distribution of 16 sub-sectors, the majority of which have also experienced a decline, includes the exception of the television, radio, application, and game developer sub-sectors. In addition, the proportion of the contribution of the culinary, fashion, and craft sub-sectors did not change significantly.

Sandiaga also emphasized that there are a number of things that can be done in relation to the momentum of the pandemic, including launching #BeliKreatifLokal which is a national movement that is able to support the wheels of the Indonesian economy and activating the PeduliLindungi application to monitor the condition of Indonesian citizens related to suppressing the spread of the virus and mobility.

“We are also accelerating for recovery by optimizing the momentum of the creative and digital economy, where data on the consumption of digital products in this country is high,” he said.

According to the Ministry of Tourism’s 2020 statistical records of foreign tourist arrivals, foreign tourist visits to Indonesia through all entrances in 2020 totaled 4,052,923 visits or decreased by 74.84% compared to 2019 which amounted to 16,108,600 visits.

Tourist visits at three major gates of the 26 main entrances in 2020 compared to December 2019, namely: Ngurah Rai decreased by 83.02%, Soekarno-Hatta decreased by 82.01%, and Batam experienced a decline of 84.84%. []