The tourism sector is one of the most affected by the corona virus outbreak. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released the situation and the impact of the corona virus will make a decrease in international tourism revenues with an estimated 20 to 30 percent.
Based on UNWTO data, this means it has an impact on the value of growth that will be lost for five to seven years due to the corona virus.
Launching Modern Diplomacy, UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili said tourism was one of the hardest hit from all economic sectors. “However, tourism is also united in helping to overcome this extraordinary health emergency.
This is our top priority, while working together to reduce the impact of the crisis, especially on employment, and to support recovery efforts,” Zurab was quoted as saying by Modern Diplomacy.
Meanwhile, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has warned the pandemic could cut 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry. Launching the World Economic Forum, Asia is expected to be the worst affected.
He added, it took up to 10 months for the industry to recover after the outbreak was over. WTTC Managing Director Virginia Messina said that this impact depends on how long the epidemic lasts. “Certain steps do not help and they can drive economic impacts to be far more significant,” he said.
Then what about Indonesia? Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio hopes that the state of tourism can recover more quickly.
“Indeed there is research from UNWTO, and other institutions that say world tourism will recover in 2022. Some even say for up to seven years. But that talks about the world,” Wishnutama said in an online discussion with PHRI, ASITA, and a number of media, Tuesday (4/7/2020).
“When we talk about recovery and normalization, we have designed what is expected to speed up the process, so it will not be that long,” he continued.
He said Kemenparekraf had designed three stages or phases to deal with the virus including emergency response, recovery, and recovery. At present, Indonesia is in the emergency response phase. Wishnutama explained, at this stage, the government, including the Kemenparekraf, was focused on assisting medical personnel by collaborating with the hotel and the transportation industry.
In addition, Wishnutama also said that Kemenparekraf had established a crisis team or tourism task force whose aim was to collect data on the perpetrators of the parekraf affected by the corona virus. “We initiated one of the Crisis Teams or Task Force to collect data. Then this task force is useful to get comprehensive information from parekraf practitioners. This is accurate data,” he said.
The data collected by the Crisis Team will be submitted to the relevant Ministries or Institutions so that the response can be reviewed. Wishnutama believes tourism and the creative economy of Indonesia after the outbreak can be far better than before.
“If I learn from countries that have succeeded in minimizing Covid-19, the people are truly united to face a pandemic,” Wishnutama said.
“If we with a positive enthusiasm for the future paragraphs, in fact, I believe strongly that when the pandemic ends. Our paragraph can be much better,” he explained.
In addition, he also mentioned the psychology of tourists who want to quickly go on vacation. According to him, this needs to be studied Kemenparekraf.
“Tourists who are currently only at home actually want to get out quickly. But some say that they are psychologically thinking about coming out,” Wishnutama said. “So there are a variety of different views, but we hope that psychological want to get out quickly,” he added.