Local tourism officials in Bali want to reopen the island to international tourists on September 11, but national government officials haven’t given it approval to do so.
An official from Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Putu Astawa said that officials from “the Minister of Law and Human Rights still have not allowed foreign tourists to enter Indonesia and that as long as current regulation have not been revoked, the plan to open Bali on September 11th cannot go ahead.”
Based upon this statement it is still not clear whether Bali will reopen on its proposed date. An official from the central government noted that since other countries across the region and globally still have multiple travel restrictions in place, its not clear when tourists who want to visit Bali can leave their home country, or what quarantine and other restrictions might apply.
Erick Thohir, Chairman of the Indonesia National Economic and COVID-19 recovery committee, said that, “reopening to foreign tourists would be positive, but we must decide the right timing. We really need foreign tourists, but we don’t want to risk having new clusters. Reopening to foreign tourists is under evaluation and that final decisions might be made on the basis of whether a Covid-19 vaccine may is available.”
Bali reopened to domestic tourists on July 31st and the country plans to strengthening domestic tourism by developing other tourist spots.
Wishnutama Kusubandio, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, is encouraging Indonesians citizens to explore their “backyard” of their country in order to explore new destinations. The country is shifting its marketing focus and wants to tap into Indonesia’s vast domestic market.
Wishnutama said that one of the governments goals is to develop more tourism cities / villages in order to spread out the economic benefits of tourism and that the development of new destinations is also intended for the country to practice “physical distancing” in tourism.
Tourism executives note that an increase in purchasing power of citizens, coupled with the country’s huge population, means that the potential of the domestic tourism market should not be underestimated.