The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy extolled the resilience of tourism, especially the five super priority destinations and Indonesia’s creative economy during the pandemic during the 2021 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Dubai exhibition.

The 2021 Dubai ATM Exhibition was held virtually on May 16-19, 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

It will be followed by webinars and other online events on May 24-26, 2021.

“We are here because of the high interest of tourists, especially from the Middle East and also from various European, American and African countries regarding the potential to open a travel corridor arrangement (TCA) in several destinations, especially Bali,” said the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno during a hybrid Weekly Press Briefing which took place at the Sapta Pesona Building, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Jakarta office on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

This event focuses on promotion of 5 super priority destinations, namely Lake Toba, Borobudur, Labuan Bajo, Mandalika, and Likupang.

The Ministry will also study what health protocols are required for hosting events on an international scale in Indonesia.

“In Dubai, the Deputy for Marketing, Nia Niscaya, will also note what protocols are being applied, because one of the candidates for the travel corridor arrangement is Dubai. So we want to also learn there how they handle handling at airports. We must also prepare for several destinations that are candidates for the travel corridor arrangement,” explained Minister Sandiaga Uno.

Furthermore, the Minister said that his party continues to prepare TCA plans, especially Bali, but also is monitoring the latest conditions related to Covid-19, both domestically and abroad.

“If conditions are conducive to the travel corridor arrangement, we will certainly be able to accelerate the discussions to the final stage. On the other hand, if the development of the Covid-19 cases rises both domestically and abroad, of course we will review it. All policies will be data-based,” added Uno.

He added that the Ministry of Tourism will ensure not only 3M (wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining distance) and CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability) but also 3T (testing, tracing and treatment).

He also said that his party continued to coordinate with colleagues at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to finalize this travel corridor arrangement.

In addition, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has also joined a safe travels association as of July 24, 2020, where they continue to monitor and evaluate so that Creative Economy pleyers apply health protocols that are in accordance with the Safe Travels World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) and ICAO Takeoff Guideline for Aviation.

Singapore and Malaysia have started implementing lockdowns, and several other countries such as India are facing an extraordinary increase in Covid-19 cases.

Due to this, unfavorable situations involving both cases abroad and domestically will definitely be a consideration to ensure that the opening of this TCA will not trigger new cases.

The Minister of Health has reported that there are new variants of Covid-19 that have entered Indonesia.

“We will continue to make preparations in terms of end-to-end CHSE health protocols. We will expand the concept of CHSE, starting from upon arrival to departure home for these tourists,” explained Uno.

The team from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, which has carried out routine monitoring and evaluation in Batam, Bintan and Bali, is continuing to operate, but the Minister will dedicate a special team in the coming days.

This team will be led by the Deputy for Strategic Policy of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy R. Kurleni Ukar to ensure the readiness of the three locations (Batam, Bintan and Bali) which are the main candidates for the opening of the TCA.

“Once again I want to convey, the subject is Covid, so the pre-condition is the Covid situation. As of today, of course Singapore and Malaysia are entering a lockdown phase, meaning that what we can do is to ensure readiness so that we can really ensure that not only tourists are reassured, but that we are also ready,” said Minister Uno.

This TCA can be carried out if the pre-conditions stated have been achieved. It is our hope that tourism and creative economy actors, especially destinations such as Bali, can actively participate.

Author: HL

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