Wishnutama Describe Battered Tourism Conditions – Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Wishnutama conveyed the latest tourism conditions affected by the Corona pandemic or COVID-19. In a webinar held by the Indonesia Tourism Forum, Friday (05/15/2020) he acknowledged that tourism was worst affected by COVID-19.
As a labor-intensive sector, tourism is the hardest hit by the health crisis, he said.
He was guided by data from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) which revealed that globally, more than 75 million tourism workers were at risk. In addition, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) also said that international tourism would decrease by 70 percent if COVID-19 had not been completed until September 2020.
In Indonesia alone, Wishnutama said there were more than 13 million workers in the tourism sector and 32.5 million workers who were indirectly related to tourism, who were at risk of being affected by a pandemic. This happens because almost all tourist destinations are closed to prevent the spread of the virus.
In addition, thousands of hotels, hundreds of restaurants and travel agents have also been closed. The aviation industry was not immune from its effects, where hundreds of planes were finally unemployed due to limitations in community mobility.
By looking at these conditions, the government provides an economic stimulus policy whose value is more than USD 24 million. This stimulus includes assistance for unemployed employees, tax breaks, credit restructuring to safety nets.
In addition to the stimulus, Wishnutama conveyed that Kemenparekraf has provided food, hygiene and sanitation equipment through the CAN (Clean, Beautiful, Healthy, Safe) Movement to tourism workers. Kemenparekraf also organizes online training to improve the skills of tourism workers affected by the pandemic.
Furthermore, the Kemenparekraf also supports the government’s program on maintaining social and physical distance through various campaigns and re-narrates that there is still hope from the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help the health and tourism sectors together, Kemenparekraf is collaborating with hotels to provide accommodation for medical workers. In addition there are also transportation companies and travel agents that provide transportation for medical personnel shuttle.
This initiative is an example of how the public and tourism sectors work together to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. I am sure, this public partnership with the private sector is in line with WTTC’s steps to reduce the impact of the ceme online jakarta global health crisis, Wishnutama said.
At present, various countries in the world have begun to reopen tourism. There are also those who have taken steps to open themselves. But Wishnutama conveyed that currently the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is still preparing a number of protocols before the tourism activities are moving again.
Wishnutama conveyed a number of programs where tourism will be adjusted to new normal. As for the protocol itself, Wishnutama invited the Provincial Government (Pemprov) of Bali to formulate and test its implementation. Bali was chosen because the favorite tourist destination is considered successful in handling Corona.