The Bali Tourism Office together with the Bali Hotel and Restaurant Association held a meeting with dozens of tourism industry actors. They agreed on five recommendations to the central government and agreed to cancel the demonstrations.
I Gusti Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya, Deputy Chair of the Environmental Culture and Public Relations Division of the Bali Regional Management Agency, said that around 40 more tourism associations were present at the meeting, including those who had planned to start demonstrations.
“The tourism industry and all stakeholders will continue to support the government. However, they proposed five policy points,” said Suryawijaya at the Bali Tourism Office on Tuesday (21/12).
They did not hold a demonstration because they agreed to provide five points of recommendations to the central government.
“The demonstration is not a solution. The demonstration will tarnish the image of tourism, hospitality actors don’t have to hold a demonstration. But now we are looking for a solution. All these decisions are made at the center, not in the regions,” he explained.
The five points of recommendations proposed to the central government are:
First, to open a paid e-visa facility specifically for individual tourist destinations, without having to go through a corporate guarantor or reopen visa on arrival applications and free visas, especially for countries with low risk of COVID-19.
Second, suggesting that foreign tourists do not have the quarantine or quarantine in Bali in certified hotels.
Third, suggesting changes to flight regulations to Bali so that you don’t have to only use direct flights to Bali from abroad.
Fourth, expanding the list of countries whose citizens may enter Bali, especially for countries that are ready to come. Australia and European countries must be prioritized as Bali’s biggest foreign exchange sources.
Fifth, proposing that insurance coverage can be reduced by USD 50,000 so that it is easy for foreign tourists to come to Bali.