The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a such a decline in tourism, that many tourism industries have had to stop their operations.
This condition is a result of the drop in the number of visits from both foreign and domestic tourists.
According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/ Head of the Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Agency Wishnutama Kusubandio, the decline in the world of tourism caused unemployment in the tourism sector to increase sharply during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government noted that there are 13 million workers in the tourism sector who are now unemployed.
There are also 34 million workers outside the tourism sector, with work related to tourism activities, that have also lost their jobs and require serious attention.
Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the unemployment rate in the province of Bali in August 2020 was recorded at 5.63%.
This figure increased by 4% compared to August 2019 (1.57%).
The number of unemployed people in Bali increased to 105,210 in August 2020.
As a result, Wishnutama stated that the Indonesian government has issued an economic stimulus package with a budget of more than USD 24 billion as assistance to the public to survive the crisis; mainly in the tourism sector.
Wishnutama said that to revive the tourism sector, this year the government has distributed tourism grants of more than IDR 3 trillion.
“Currently Kemeparekraf is distributing grants worth Rp. 3.3 trillion to help ease the burden on local governments and tourism entrepreneurs. There is also assistance towards distribution of basic needs, improvement of hygiene and environmental sanitation,” Wishnutama said.
Wishnutama was one of the keynote speakers at The 4th Bali International Tourism Conference via a Zoom meeting channel on Saturday (11/7).