The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno plans to create a “green zone” tourism travel program between Sanur, Bali and Gili Trawangan, West Nusa Tenggara.
The goal is so that the tourism sector and the creative economy can grow again. In addition, Gili Trawangan has been a green zone for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Uno continued that Gili Trawangan deserves to be connected with Sanur which is now also designated as a green zone in Bali.
“We will build a travel pattern, because this is a green zone with zero new cases; there are no Covid-19 cases here yet. There are zero new cases. This is interesting because we can interconnect with other green zones, namely Sanur,” said Uno in a written release on Thursday (6/5).
Regarding this idea, he wants to enable tourism and creative economy players in Bali to be able to establish relationships with similar players in Gili Trawangan.
President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) hopes to reopen the tourism sector in Bali in June and July 2021 can be realized.
“So we will try to build a travel pattern and will cooperate with tourism sector players in Bali to sell packages that can be an alternative (option for travel),” he said.
“For example, June-July Bali opens with a better Covid condition, with strict and disciplined health protocols, then we can open up again in Gili Trawangan,” continued the former deputy governor of Greater Jakarta.
To support his plan, Sandi will also hold a number of activities throughout this year. These activities is expected to attract domestic tourists to have a vacation in Gili Trawangan.
“Because this event is one of the fastest for domestic tourism. Earlier the Governor stated one very important thing. So far we have been too focused on foreign tourism, but in fact there is domestic tourism that is in front of our eyes that we have not touched in totality,” he continued.
Even so, he reiterated that the implementation of health protocols should be a guide in opening up tourism and not a problem and source of further spread of Covid-19.