We Love Bali Program, Expected For Tourism to Revive

  • 22 September 2020
  • 20:09 WITA
  • News

DENPASAR, Balitopnews.com - The Bali Tourism Office held a Media Gathering for the Implementation of the CHSE Protocol through the We Love Bali Program, Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Head of the Balinese Cultural Tourism office  Bali Province, Putu Astawa, said that Bali's tourism contribution in normal conditions to national tourism reached Rp. 116 trillion or around 41.43 percent of the national tourism foreign exchange of Rp. 280 trillion. With the number of foreign tourist visits to Bali as many as 6.3 million people in 2019 or reaching 39.1 percent of foreign tourists nationally as many as 16.1 million people.


Meanwhile, for the economy, tourism in Bali has a strategic role which reaches 53 percent, especially those related to the service sector, MSMEs, and cooperatives, as well as accommodating a workforce of more than one million people.


The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic that hit 215 countries in the world has had a wide and serious impact in various fields of life such as health, social, economic, including tourism felt by the world community including Indonesia and Bali.


The impact is of course felt on Regional Original Revenue (PAD) originating from Hotel and Restaurant Tax (PHR) in regencies / cities in Bali, especially Badung, Gianyar and Denpasar City which resulted in a contraction in Bali's economic growth in the first quarter of - 1.14 percent, and in the second quarter of -10.98 percent.


Meanwhile, there were 2,667 layoffs of workers in the tourism sector and 73,613 people had been sent home.


Astawa added that through the We Love Bali program, 4,000 people will be recruited to be able to assess the CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environment) program through edutrip.


Meanwhile, Rizky Handayani, Deputy for Tourism Products and Organizing Events for Kemeparekraf / Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, said that Bali's economy relies on tourism and is now slumping.


Through edutrip activities in tourism destinations in Bali that involve the community, it is hoped that foreign tourists will believe that Bali has implemented the CHSE protocol.


"The We Love Bali program was created to educate the public and increase a sense of concern for health such as wearing masks. Sometimes people do not understand. This is a sense of health care and economic concern. Good in Bali means good in Indonesia, because Bali is the center of tourism," he explained .


On the other hand, the Head of BI Representative in Bali, Trisno Nugroho, said that Bali's economic growth in the first and second quarter contracted quite badly.


Quarter III several indicators have started to increase. Since reopening to domestic tourists there have been activities and there are signs of improvement.


"We observe that the movement is still not high. The condition for August-September has risen but continues to slope. It is still not stable," he said.


Trisno added that the economic outlook for Bali, in the third quarter may be better but it is still contracting, as is the fourth quarter. In 2020 as a whole, Bali's economy is still contracting.


He revealed a strategy to restrain the decline in the economic sector, namely by opening the economic sector with strict discipline of the CHSE protocol, accelerating the absorption of government spending, accelerating bank credit to the real sector, digitizing MSMEs and encouraging proud movements made in Indonesia.


"There are signs that Bali will improve in this third quarter. There are starting to flicker," he explained.



Meanwhile, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Surya Wijaya from the Bali Tourism Recovery Team said 13 Bali tourism recovery programs had been approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.


The opening of Bali to domestic tourists has not had a significant effect because the length of stay for tourists is only 3 to 4 days.


Through several studies, this educational program is expected to provide education, control health protocols, have an economic impact on tourist destinations, because later 4,000 participants will be able to share on their respective social media.


Meanwhile, Ketut Jaman explained that the We Love Bali program has 12 trip programs throughout Bali from 7 October to 27 November 2020. (gix)