Hundreds of Bali Tourism Operators Ready to Welcome New Normal

ASEAN and Asita Bali Market Chair Febrina Budiman said 400 tourism operators were preparing to run government protocols to welcome the new normal. This protocol will prioritize cleanliness, health, safety, and the main needs of travelers.

“We are very optimistic that we can be friends with Covid-19,” Febrina Budiman said in a statement on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Febrina explained, Asita Bali has designed a number of procedures for tourists and workers in the field as the tourism sector is reactivated. He guarantees that the procedure will be carried out strictly together with all stakeholders in tourism and the creative economy in Bali.

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The procedure in question starts from before the arrival of tourists, when arriving at the airport and to the hotel, when doing tour activities, until returning to the airport. “In other words the industry is fully prepared to provide a sense of comfort and security and new experiences for tourists in the new normalcy order of tourism,” he said.

However, he said he was still waiting for the government related to the decision to open the tourist door. The Deputy of Marketing for the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Nia Niscaya said, from the beginning, the government had prepared steps to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the tourism sector and the creative economy.

In fact, according to him, the Ministry is currently designing a new normality system for tourism and the creative economy through the Cleanliness, Health, and Safety (CHS) program that involves the industrial world. “Before opening a destination, we need to build confidence in order to provide a sense of security and comfort for tourists,” said Nia Niscaya.

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In the program Kemenparekraf divides the program into two stages. Among them are “Gaining Confidence” and “Appealing. Gaining Confidence is the stage of preparing the CHS protocol which will later be packaged through video tutorials and guidebooks. Later, the video or book can be used by tourism stakeholders such as hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, tourist destinations, and others to implement protocols during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the “Appealing” stage is a promotion phase that involves several parties, such as a travel agent. “Then also made a tour package with airlines and travel agents,” he said. Then at this stage, the Ministry will prepare MICE activities on a small scale.

Even so, Nia ensured that opening the destination depended on the decision of the Covid-19 Handling Task Force and local government. “Because every destination has different situations and conditions,” he said.

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