Tourism Ministry prepares ‘Book Now, Journey Later’ restoration scheme – Information
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Industries is preparing a “Book Now, Travel Later” program to support the recovery of tourism and creative industries in the country.
“We have prepared the ‘Book Now, Travel Later’ program as a recovery plan for Indonesia’s tourism actors,” Tourism and Creative Industries Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said in a statement on Monday, antaranews.com reported.
Wishnutama hoped that tourism stakeholders would receive financial support from the program.
Wishnutama admitted that mobility would increase over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
He encouraged travelers to include health protocols in their vacation plans.
He also reminded the Indonesian tourism companies to implement cleanliness, health, safety and environment (CHSE) measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“For tourism operators, implement CHSE protocols to contain the transmission of COVID-19. If you want to travel, you do it responsibly. Get independent COVID-19 tests, either COVID-19 antigen or polymerase chain reaction [PCR] Tests to protect yourself and others, ”he said.
To ensure the safety of travelers, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Industries launched InDOnesia CARE in August, an initiative for Indonesian tourism companies to enforce the CHSE protocols.
“I DO CARE” is written in capital letters to emphasize that such protocols should be taken seriously.
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CHSE certification was created to provide travelers with a sense of security and comfort when visiting tourist destinations as recommended by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Health.
Bali, one of the destinations hardest hit by the pandemic, was one of the first Indonesian destinations to reopen during the implementation of CHSE protocols. Before Bali, Banyuwangi reopened certain CHSE-enabled tourist attractions. After Bali, Batam and Bintan in the Riau Islands and Yogyakarta were next in reopening and implementing CHSE protocols.
“Tour operators, hotel management and restaurant owners can quickly improve their preparations for implementing cleanliness, health and safety protocols under the government’s COVID-19 health protocols,” Wishnutama said in October.
In Jakarta, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland Park) has received CHSE certifications in four categories for its tourist attractions and souvenir shops, its diving attractions, its restaurants and for holding conferences.
“This certification motivates us to provide the best service as per health protocols,” said Thomas Riandy Jo, PT Taman Impian Jaya Ancol’s vice director on Friday.
Tourism and Creative Industries Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio promised on October 13th to distribute 3.3 trillion rupees ($ 224 million) to tourism companies and local governments to help cushion the impact of the pandemic on the sector and improve health protocols Tourist destinations.
The tourism grant is said to come from the government’s national economic recovery fund COVID-19 of Rs.695.2 trillion, which is designed to fund the health system and boost the economy. (jes)
Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 Task Force to raise awareness of the pandemic.
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