Bali plans to bring in 1.000 tourists from China as part of the implementation of the free covid corridor policy. Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati known as Cok Ace said that the arrival of foreign tourists to Bali is still a discussion between countries because it is related to the opening of boundaries.
The arrival of foreign tourists is also a hope for businesses for not to sell assets amidst the economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We see role models in several places, it is China who dares to enter, there is demand from there. We only have to get up, if we can get bigger, if we don’t have a problem, why not,” said Cok Ace on Tuesday (23/2/2021).
Cok Ace said that, apart from China, several countries also want to travel to Bali. For example Russia and the Middle East.
“China is trying to be a pilot,” he said. According to him, China is the most aggressive country in allowing tourists to come to Bali. Although he admitted, China was known as a tourist with low spending, the economic potential of visiting tourists from this nationality still had an impact on Bali.
But not all Chinese tourists have low spending. As many as 1.000 Chinese tourists who plan to come to Bali are expected to make high spendings.
The arrival of Chinese tourists is considered to make business actors in Bali rise.
However, the certainty of bringing Chinese tourists to Bali is still waiting for the central government’s decision. Until now, the timing of the implementation of the free covid corridor for Chinese tourists has yet to be ascertained. Bali also hopes that the number of Chinese tourist visits is expected to be even more.
Chairperson of the Bali Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana said the application of the free covid corridor implemented by the Island of the Gods was an imitation of a similar concept in Morowali, Central Sulawesi, which brought in 5.000 foreign nationals a month to work in the area.
Although, as a start, Bali will only bring in 1.000 tourists. It is planned that the areas that will be visited by tourists are South Bali, Denpasar, Gianyar, and Klungkung.
“The important thing is this is a small step, we take it slow first until the others join, and we have to clean up first,” he said.
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