Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy / Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, noted three special things during his three days in office and met with tourism and creative economy actors in Bali from Thursday (10/2) to Saturday (13/2) ).
“The tourism and creative economy community in Bali signals readiness for Bali to reopen with a mechanism of ‘free covid corridors’,” said Sandiaga Uno on Sunday (14/2).
The first is the desire and readiness of the tourism and creative economy community in Bali to immediately open borders in a “travel bubble” mechanism. Including the aspirations of Pelindo III which wants the entrance to foreign tourists by sea can also be opened later.
The travel bubble is when two or more countries that have managed to control the coronavirus agree to create a travel bubble or corridor. This bubble will make it easier for residents who live in it to travel freely and avoid the obligation to self-quarantine.
The Minister will convey these aspirations to related parties such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Ministry of Health, and others to finalize plans.
This includes examining the possibility of holding a coordination meeting with the Bali Provincial Government as well as the COVID-19 Handling Task Force in March 2021.
Previously, when attending the Regional Meeting of PHRI DPD Bali, Sandiaga said, the “travel bubble” will later carry the concept of “free covid corridors” or a corridor free of COVID-19.
As preparation, Sandiaga asked tourism business actors to apply discipline protocol “clean, healthy, safety, and environmental sustainability” or CHSE.
The second is the hope of the Balinese tourism and creative economy community to get priority vaccination.
“It also includes several stimulus programs such as ‘soft loan’, labor-intensive programs, tourism grant funds, the BISA program, and the CHSE certification,” Sandiaga said.
Finally, he saw that the Balinese were ready to implement the 3M health protocol (wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining distance) and 3T (“testing, tracing, and treatment”).
“God willing, we will make this happen, soon, I am committed because we want to get out of the pandemic and economic pressure together,” Sandiaga said.