To tackle the impact of the covid-pandemic, the ministry has prepared steps and strategies to anticipate the decline of foreign tourists by preparing the protocol of a new life order in the tourism sector.
According to Spokesperson of the covid-19 Task Force for the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Ari Juliano Gema, the protocol will later be implemented when a region has been declared ready to receive tourists.
“President Joko Widodo has instructed not to hurry. In the recovery period, we will first focus on encouraging the mobilization domestic tourists. Therefore, everything must be prepared first before welcoming the tourists. Indeed, by seeing the readiness of each region. We have coordinated with several regional heads whose regions are most ready to welcome the tourists and start implementing the protocol,” Ari Juliano Gema was quoted in a press release issued on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Earlier this month, the Central Statistics Agencies (BPS) recorded the number of foreign tourists arrival to Indonesia in April 2020 of 160.000 people.
When compared with the number of foreign tourists visit in March 2020, the number decreased by 66.02 percent.
As for when compared with the same period in 2019, then the number has decreased by 87.44 percent or as many as 1.27 million people.
This number, said Ari Juliano, has been estimated considering the steps of the government and also the government of the contributor countries of potential foreign tourists to Indonesia who decided to close access in and out of their country in order to prevent the spread of covid-19.
The ministry is preparing a Cleanliness, Health, and Safety (CHS) program which will be implemented in various tourism destinations in the country. This program mainly aims not only to prepare a better destination in accordance with the standardization of tourist needs in the new normal era, but also to apply discipline to the community. This is in line with the government target so that public awareness of discipline and health protocol continues to increase.
Going forward, the ministry will focus to work on the quality tourism segment which emphasizing more on the level of foreign exchange income rather than attracting mass tourists, or mass tourism, along with the changing of global tourism trends.