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The number of domestic tourists arriving to Bali reaches 22 thousand people per day ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Culture and Public Relations Division of the PHRI Bali Regional Management Agency, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya admitted that there had been an increase in domestic tourist visits in Bali.
“12 thousand tourists by air and 10 thousand tourists by land,” said Suryawijaya in a coordination meeting, Tuesday (14/12).
“We have to support the government’s big efforts in the revival of Bali tourism. Don’t do activities that can damage Bali’s image in the eyes of the world,” he added.
He said that issues regarding the lack of foreign tourists coming to Bali will also be discussed.
“We must act. We must not be silent. We must have one voice in submitting proposals to the center, but what we are speaking of is the voice of peace,” he explained.
According to him, the Provincial Government of Bali has done a lot to speed up the recovery of Bali tourism, such as vaccination. Currently, the second stage of vaccination in Bali has reached 90 percent of the existing target.
He said, the Bali Provincial Government is currently fighting to make it easier for foreign tourists to enter Bali, while still implementing strict health protocols.
“We must support and we must do our best to maintain the comfort and conduciveness of Bali,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Acting Head of the Bali Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, said that the Bali Provincial Government is currently in the same line as the tourism industry players in fighting for the opening of Bali tourism and speeding up the entry of foreign tourists to Bali.
The Bali Provincial Government will also invite tourism industry players to jointly convey policies that are burdensome for foreign tourists to the Central Government.
“There are three things that are felt to be obstacles for tourists to enter Bali, namely visa policies, quarantine rules, and direct flight conditions. They must be discussed carefully with the Central Government to get a solution that benefits all parties,” he added.
He said that during the current pandemic, demonstrations are not a solution. However, all parties must maintain the image of Bali to remain safe and peaceful, especially ahead of the upcoming G20 event in 2022.
“However, while waiting for the event, Bali Tourism should be able to open, so that the economic life of the community can move, while still being disciplined,” he said.
The same thing was conveyed by the Acting Head of the Badung Regency Office, Cok Raka Dharmawan. He also hopes that during Christmas and New Year, there will be no restrictions for domestic tourists entering Bali.
According to him, the end of the year is a trial period. If this is successful, then it means that Bali is indeed ready. “Currently, Badung is focusing on fixing tourist destinations. In 2021, Badung has set 6 tourist villages and is currently preparing for the arrangement of Kuta Beach, Tanjung Benoa, and Legian,” he added.