Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno says the development of the “work with Bali” program launched by his ministry has tripled visits to Bali.
“We started [the program] in January and saw an increase in the effectiveness of our work on tourism development in Bali. The number of visitors from 2.000-2.500 people per day increased to 7.000-7.500, so this is a threefold increase,” the minister explained.
We are talking in this case mainly about domestic Indonesian tourists.
Sandiaga added that although he worked from Bali, his ministry’s budget did not increase.
“If we can act effectively, this will not lead to an increase in the budget, but a reallocation of the available budget, and this is a form of adaptation amid a pandemic, government policies that are consistent with the goal, benefit and time,” added Sandiaga Uno.
However, the number of visits to Bali is still below the level before the pandemic, when the number of visitors could reach 17 thousand people a day.
Sandiaga Uno praised the plan to host the National Conference in Bali.
“We have received information that 3.000-5.000 rooms have been booked [for the conference] and this is part of the rebuilding of the tourism sector, especially in Bali,” the minister said.
The development of a program for working with Bali for civil servants is planned to be completed in the third quarter of this year. It is estimated that about 25 percent of civil servants will work from Bali.
The 16 hotels in the Nusa Dua area, managed by the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), will partner with the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment and its accountable ministries to provide accommodation and hospitality services.
At least 16 hotels in the Nusa Dua area have supported this project.
16 hotels in the Nusa Dua area have prepared room and package proposals to support the Work with Bali program, which is equivalent to nearly 4,8 thousand rooms.
Among them are mentioned:
Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua – M Gallery Collection
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali
Grand Hyatt Bali
Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
Mercure Bali Nusa Dua
Grand Whiz Hotel Nusa Dua
Merusaka Nusa Dua
The Laguna a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
Ayodya Resort Bali
Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua Resort
Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center and Bali Nusa Dua Hotel
Novotel Bali Nusa Dua Hotel
Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort
The Ministry of Tourism does not exclude the possibility of working from other places, such as Labuan Bajo. However, there is one obstacle to working in remote locations, and that is Internet connectivity.
illustration: Hotel Melia Bali