President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said the government would encourage the revival of the tourism sector in the province of Bali, which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is through a focus on opening the tourism sector in three green zones on the Island of the Gods.
“With our focus on these three zones, the revival of the tourism sector in province of Bali will begin, and we will evaluate every week how developments are in these areas and in the province of Bali in general,” he said after reviewing mass vaccinations at Puri Saren Agung, Gianyar, Bali on Tuesday (16/3).
The three green zones are Ubud, Sanur and Nusa Dua. The head of state believes that both foreign and domestic tourists will feel comfortable traveling in the green zone, thus encouraging tourism activities in Bali.
“We hope that this will become a green area, a green zone that we can fully open up to tourists, so that later they will feel safe and comfortable staying in Bali,” he added.
He added that the opening of the tourism sector in the three zones, as well as in Bali in general, would still be dependent on Covid-19 case developments. Jokowi stated his hopes that the vaccination process in Bali will run smoothly so that the transmission rate will slow.
After the Covid-19 transmission rate trends downward, he ensured that the central government together with local governments would slowly start to open up the tourism sector in Bali.
“But at this time we have to be realistic; we still need improvements towards a normal situation and we hope that everyone remains vigilant,” he said.
Previously, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said that the number of foreign tourists visiting was only 141,000 visits as of January 2021. The number had fallen sharply by 89.05% compared to January 2020, with 1.2 million recorded visits.
Head of BPS Suhariyanto, stated that the decline in foreign tourist visits also occurred on a monthly basis and declined 13.9% compared to December 2020. In December 2020, the number of foreign tourist visits was recorded at 164,000 people.
“This pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the tourism sector and its support sectors, and the main markets for foreign tourists are still not open to travel; several European countries are still on lockdown,” Suhariyanto said in a virtual press conference.