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Even with the Bali governor stating just two days ago that he won’t be reopening any time soon, the Bali tourism association, ASITA says they are ready to re-open. Hundreds of tour operators and travel agents, all members of ASITA Bali, have expressed their readiness to welcome the new normal in tourism.

The new normal will prioritize hygiene, health and safety protocols for tourists in the future and ASEAN Market Chair for ASITA Bali, Febrina Budiman in a statement on Friday (5/6), quoted in NusaBali, said there are 400 tour operators and travel agents of the association who have expressed their readiness.

“We are very optimistic that we can ‘make friends’ with Covid-19 or in other words we should be friends, even though we cannot be friends forever,” said Febrina Budiman.

The optimism of tourism businesses and the creative economy in Bali is not without reason. The success of the local government together with the local community in controlling Covid-19 has made the industry optimistic in the face of this new phase of Bali tourism.

ASITA Bali itself has designed hygiene, health and safety protocols and ensures that these will be implemented together with all stakeholders in tourism and the creative economy in Bali. The new protocols will start from the pre-arrival of tourists, when arriving at the airport and to the hotel, while doing tour activities, and returning to the airport for flights for home. The industry is fully prepared to provide the sense of comfort and security, and new experiences for tourists in this new era of tourism.

“But for now the opening of destinations still depends on the government’s decision,” Febrina said.

Deputy of Marketing for the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy /Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Nia Niscaya also said in a statement yesterday that from the beginning the government was committed and prepared to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, including the preparation of a new protocols for tourism and the creative economy with the program CHS – Cleanliness, Health, and Safety.

“Before opening a destination we need to build self-confidence in order to provide a sense of security and comfort for tourists. And here are the steps,” Nia Niscaya said. She then explained again the steps forward for the reopening of Bali and other tourist destinations in Indonesia.

The program is divided into two stages, namely Gaining Confidence and Appealing. Gaining Confidence starts from the preparation of the CHS protocols, which will later be socialised through interesting and engaging video tutorials and easy-to-use guidebooks for tourism stakeholders such as hotels, restaurants, shopping centers and other tourist destinations. Then proceed with the training, simulation, publication and campaign and promotion stages, as well as the implementation of the CHS application.

Within the Appealing stage the department will run a number of programs such as Mega Famtrip, which will involve orientation trips of key opinion leaders, the media, as well as travel agents and tour operators.

“We shall also make a joint promotions and tour packages with airlines and hotels. Then also prepare the implementation of MICE activities on a small scale.

“But we emphasize that opening any destination depends on a decision from the Covid-19 Task Force and the regional government. Because each destination has different situations and conditions,” Nia Niscaya said.

The Nusa Dua area of Bali is planned to be a pilot project for the CHS Program. The Nusa Dua area was chosen because of its strategic location and being an exclusive, gated area it can be easily monitored. The area is also complete with supporting facilities, not just a range of accommodations, but also amenities such as shopping and dining, and even an international standard hospital.

“Indonesia, like many countries, is currently focusing on preparing a new normal in preparation to welcome tourists back. CHS is what we are preparing and we are optimistic that we can welcome tourists back with new and interesting experiences,” said Nia Niscaya.

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  • Ellen Foster-Taylor
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    So where are the tourists coming from? Millions and millions unemployed and therefore no money and who is flying??

    • editor
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      The US had an increase of 2.5 million employed yesterday, if you didn’t hear. It sent the markets into a frenzy. Most western countries have had massive stimulus packages that have helped to save their economies. The tourists will be on the way shortly. Cheers

  • Robert Owen
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    You state the USA had 2.5 million employed subtract that from the 40 million unemployed. What will be done to of set the high cost of testing in order for them to enter. I applaud you for trying but the world isn’t ready to vacation yet.

    • editor
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      I answered your comment in part on a comment above but yes these costly tests are a hinderence and an opening date must be announced by the govt for the airlines to get themselves organised. And yes, I’m forever the optimist.

  • Don Havig
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    Excuse me Editor, what does 2.5 million newly employed Americans have to do with reopening. Are you just daydreaming?
    Americans ard wsy doen the list of tourist, besides they eong be able to sfford lsvish jolidsys hslf wsy sroind the world. They go to Mexico or the Bahamas.

    • editor
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      Well, I’ve heard they’re all on the way here to escape the riots! When pundits are expecting 8 million more unemployed and get a rise of 2.5, you have to conclude things are not as bad as you thought. Of course I’m not referring to next week’s tourist arrivals, but I believe, maybe with some excess optimism, they will be arriving sooner than most commentators think. Starting with domestic. The question was about the economy BTW. Cheers, Don.

  • Mark
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    ….. a sense of safety…..is that enough?

    • editor
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      Taking a look at the numbers, it makes more sense to me than a sense of fear. But as l’ve said from the beginning everyone has the choice to stay home. I think Bali will be able to open in about a month, God willing, for those who want to travel.

      • Mark
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        I like your optimism, but more realistic is that a sense of safety also means the risk of getting infected. Which foreign government will give a positif travel advice to their citizens with that risk, which insurance company will cover your healthcare when you end up in a hospital here. And what about 2 weeks quarantaine when you go back home and tests?

        • editor
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          Thanks for your sense of reality, Mark. I would prefer people who feel they are vulnerable to this virus to stay home and let the healthy people get on with their lives. It is well documented that this virus is not killing as many people as ‘experts’ were saying at the beginning and I would prefer governments to step up and make some real gutsy decisions for the people, not just decisions to save their jobs. Now I could be wrong, I often am, but that is the way I feel about right now. And BTW, I am a great believer in masks being used generally.

  • Ed Balma
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    Why are you even Discussing the US? Their only 3 to 5% of arrivals! Hello!
    Largest tourist arrivals are Local Indonesians over 50% . So focus on locals first and south east asia where mist of Balis tourist $ come from.

    • editor
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      Quite simple, Ed. I was replying originally to a comment about the economy and how people didn’t have money to travel. Not about tourists and where they come from. I suppose the thread got a little disjointed.

  • Athron
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    As a long term resident of Bali, I certainly don’t see the issue with an optimistic outlook for the future, whilst making preparations to allow safer, healthier holiday travel and getting that information out to the rest of the world, both domestically and internationally. Thanks for the info and let’s all hope that the new normal brings people back to their feet economically, physically and mentally!

  • John
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    Difficult for tourists for Jakarta to go there if they need to a) pay 2.5m for a swab test before leaving, plus some bureaucratic documents from pak RT etc b) airlines are not putting on many flights and may cancel at short notice c) pay 2.5m for a swab test for getting back into Jakarta d) increased risk of picking up the virus along the way (eg during swab test, airport taxi, in the airport, in Bali etc). That’s before all the additional health protocols in Bali that have to be followed.

  • Jj Jj
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    Difficult to go to Bali from Jakarta because a) have to pay 2.5m for a swab test before leaving plus bureaucratic documents from pak RT etc b) airlines don’t have many flights and keep cancelling c) pay another 2.5m for swab test to be able to get back into Jakarta d) risk of picking up corona during the testing process, airport taxi, at the airport. That’s before considering what all the health protocols in Bali will be.

  • Mark Rhoades
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    Unfortunately The Australian government won’t allow us to come probably for the rest of this year , many Australians want to but can’t , my wife and daughter are balinese and we are so sad we can’t visit family and friends this year, hopefully next year we are booked for May and bans will be lifted. The media in Australia is putting out stories that maybe 2 more years before travel to Bali is allowed , don’t believe it it’s just Australia media anti Bali campaign

    • editor
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      I imagine you will be able to come to Bali via Singapore or KL once things open up again. And things often change on a dime with this story so let’s trust direct connections will be back soon, Cheers

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