Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Putu Astawa, strictly supports the central government’s decision to cut the length of collective leave in 2021.
“There must be interests or backgrounds that are much more urgent. Based on experience or studies, if there is a long holiday, there will be movement of people and crowds, causing transmission of Covid-19, ”he said on Tuesday (23/2/2021).
He believes that cutting joint leave will have an impact on the number of domestic tourist visits to the island of Bali.
Domestic tourists have so far relied on the existence of collective leave or long holidays to be able to travel outside the region. Even so, Putu admitted that he respects and will follow the policies that have been taken by the government (of cutting joint leave).
According to Putu, until now there have been no protests from tourism business actors from tourist attractions and associations.
“We are aware that Covid is still not sloping. So it is better if we build confidence that Covid can be overcome first, “explained Putu. Both the Bali Provincial Government, tourism business actors, and associations will try to foster public trust in the tourism sector in Bali.
He hopes that the industry can take advantage of this reduced domestic tourism period to get priority for the Covid-19 vaccine for workers in the Bali tourism sector.
“It’s also in line with the wishes of the minister (Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno), for us to foster public trust in Bali,” he said.
With the predicted decline in the number of tourists from outside the region, the tourism sector in Bali can again only rely on the movement of local tourists. Putu admitted that so far they have always done this. For example, Balinese who come from South Bali can be directed to go on a tour to North Bali.
“But for the recovery of our tourism, it is not enough to rely on local tourists. So we always encourage tourism, but healthy tourism, “he added.
According to Putu, healthy tourism includes visiting tourist attractions in the Covid-19 green zone. He continued that a safe journey can still be done as long as the health protocol is done properly.
Previously, the central government has officially cut the 2021 joint leave period to two days from the initial amount of seven days. This was decided in the Coordinating Meeting of the Ministerial Level Review of SKB Joint Holiday in 2021, Monday (22/2/2021).
Trimming the 2021 joint leave was carried out for Isra Mi’raj of the Prophet Muhammad on March 12, Idul Fitri 1442 Hijriah on May 17-19, and Christmas Day December 27, 2021.
The remaining joint leave is only for Idul Fitri 1442 Hijriah on May 12 and Christmas Day on December 24, 2021. This reduction was carried out to lower the Covid-19 curve. According to the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs (Menko PMK) Muhadjir Effendy, so far after the long holiday, there is a tendency to increase the number of Covid-19 cases.
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