BALITOURISMTIMES.com – Vice Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) said that the Covid-19 pandemic that has crippled Bali tourism for more than six months should be used as a momentum to restructure Bali tourism. He conveyed this when attending a joint meeting with the Coordinator of the Special Staff for the President of the Republic of Indonesia AA Gede Ari Dwipayana at the Office of the Bina Wisata Foundation, Ubud Village, Gianyar on Wednesday.
This Puri Ubud figure said the pandemic had given Bali time to rest for a while. “For that, let’s think about the tourism landscape of Bali in the future, which is not only friendly to its people, but also friendly to the environment and culture,” he explained on the occasion which was also accompanied by the Head of Bali Provincial Development Planning Agency I Wayan Wiasthana Ika Putra and Head of the Provincial PUPR Service. Bali Ir. Astawa Riadi.
Regarding the proposal to make Ubud the epicenter to attract post-pandemic tourists, the Professor of ISI agreed, saying it was a good idea. He again reminded that the history of Bali tourism cannot be separated from the role of Ubud which is becoming known in the international arena. “When many painters and cultural observers settled in Ubud, slowly but surely Bali became known to the international public. Likewise, in the era of the 1980s, Japanese tourists first visited Bali, Ubud became the main destination,” he added.
For this reason, he invited the Bina Wisata Ubud Foundation to start making plans for Ubud tourism going forward. “Design from now on what form and promotion of Ubud tourism in the future, of course also answer the market needs and the demands of the era of the kuga. For example, in this pandemic era, tourism must prioritize health protocols,” he said.
Meanwhile, the President’s Staff Coordinator Ari Dwipayana strongly agrees with the Bali Deputy Governor’s direction to start fixing tourism in Bali. He admitted that the funds at the central government to be distributed to the regions were quite large. “It only remains to create a good and correct design, of course the regional government will fight for it,” he explained. Currently, the central government has poured quite a large amount of funds into the arrangement of Besakih Temple. Of course, if the tourism design is made correctly, it will be disbursed over and over again.
He also said that this pandemic would have three stages to go through. The first stage is the survival phase, the phase in which the community will feel the impact both in the health and economy sectors. In this phase the government disburses funds in the form of social assistance. The second is the recovery phase, in which Bali tourism will be promoted and supported by capital for the industry. The last is the transformation phase, this is the momentum to organize tourism.
Meanwhile, previously, the Head of the Tjokorda Ubud Tourism Development Foundation, Gde Bayuputra Sukawati, hopes to start promoting Ubud tourism. The background for the idea was because according to him Ubud was very ready to welcome tourists with the protocol of the life order in the new era. He explained, in addition to hotels in Ubud, tourism destinations have also implemented health protocols and Covid-19 prevention protocols. “For that I said this is the right time to start promoting Bali’s readiness to welcome tourists again,” he said.(ads/btt)