Bali prepares for tourism recovery strategy

20 May 2020 - The National and Provincial Authorities have finally agreed to prepare tourism recovery strategy after all of the enforcement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 has severely hit Bali’s tourism businesses. Still, the President of Indonesia - Jokowi, stated that the government would always uphold all of the health protocols that have been imposed. All decision must be carefully made by considering current economic conditions. “Don’t pit them against each other as options. Our lives will change in facing the pandemic. That’s what people call the new normal [...], But the new lives must not be filled with pessimism; instead, we boost our productivity with optimism as we will still uphold various prevention efforts.” explained Jokowi in his official YouTube channel.

In line with the central government; Bali’s deputy governor, Tjokorda Oka Arta Ardhana stated that the province has planned to establish “tourism clusters program”, which would be an exclusive tourist zones with high-level health protocols would be implemented. This way, tourists could be welcomed back without the risk of spreading COVID-19 to locals. “We can begin by opening the ITDC Complex in Nusa Dua. It can be positively done as Nusa Dua is physically isolated, far from residential areas, and with a completely separate set of supporting facilities,” said Tjokorda Oka Arta Ardhana.

ITDC (Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation) is a world-renowned tourism complex located in Nusa Dua - South Bali which also a state-owned enterprise. This exclusive area is home for dozens of luxurious hotel chains such as Hyatt, St Regis, ClubMed, and many more. Not only perfect accommodation, but ITDC also equipped with international standard hospital (BIMC), shopping centres, museum, a theatre, restaurants and of course lines of white-sand beaches with a bunch of fun activities options for kids and family. 

The Minister for State-owned Enterprises (BUMN), Erick Thohir, has issued an instruction letter on 15 May 2020 to all of the BUMN Directors (BUMN No S-336/MBU/05/2020) regarding the scenario for reopening business under “new normal” procedures. This term refers to “life after COVID-19”. In the letter, the Minister instructs all state-owned companies to start operating with “new normal” procedures on 25 May 2020; Malls, retail shops, hotels and tourist attractions managed by BUMN are going to reopen on 1 or 8 June 2020.

Following this good news, Secretary of the Tourism Ministry and Creative Economy, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, informed that after ITDC has been reopened other tourist attractions may open gradually. A popular destination like Tanah Lot and Monkey Forest Ubud can be opened again for public in October. Yet there are three things to consider before reopening; First, the COVID-19 trends around the world must be already dropped into zero percent. Second, the opening of tourist attractions must not be followed by opening other nearby destinations to maximize social distancing. Third, all health and safety protocols still must be obeyed.

However, immigration has not shown a signal to lift all of the travel restrictions for international travellers. Indonesian Visa Exemption Policy is still suspended, and only particular visitors are allowed to enter Bali and Indonesia. Keep updating yourselves on Bali’s travel restriction by monitoring our page.