The Indonesian government plans to start rebuilding tourism from Bali and five other super-priority destinations (Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Labuan Bajo in the east of Nusa Tenggar, Mandalika in the west of Nusa Tenggar and Likupang in North Sulawesi). However, representatives of the tourist industry believe that efforts should not be scattered, and suggest focusing on the most popular destination in the country, writes TTG Asia 9 February.

“Doing both at the same time will require too much energy and may be ineffective,” I am sure Chairman of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Indonesia Hariadi Sukamdani… Bali alone can quickly restart Indonesia’s tourism industry, he said, as the infrastructure is already well developed and five super-priority destinations are still in the making. Arguing his position, the expert recalled that Lake Toba still needs hotels and restaurants with “decent service”, and the territory of Borobudur Temple and Komodo Island, which have limited capacity, need more activities and attractions in the vicinity to stimulate demand. Likupang also lacks infrastructure and tourist attractions.

“It is logical to start recovery from Bali, this is our hub, even if people fly to some other island, they still stop here,” he shared with Profi.Travel co-owner of the Bondalem Beach Club in North Bali Maxim Demenchuk

Obviously, the representatives of the priority areas do not agree with their colleagues. Governor of East Nusa Tenggar Victor Layskodat believes that downtime should be used to develop new directions. “(Now) is the right time to develop facilities, infrastructure, which will allow us to catch up with other provinces. And when the pandemic is over, tourists will be able to see the transformation of East Nusa Tenggar, ”he said.

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Governor of South Sulawesi Nurdin Abdullah also hopes that the national tourism agency will consider developing its region, which boasts such popular attractions as Toraja, Selayar Island and Taka Bonerate National Park. He recalled that the new South Sulawesi airport provides accessibility and is capable of receiving ATR-72 aircraft.

I must say that the ban on the entry of foreign tourists in Indonesia was extended until February 8, but there is no new information yet. According to Demenchuk, there were reports in the media that travel restrictions may be in effect until the end of the month. At the moment, it is impossible to enter the country even with an electronic business visa, this rule came into effect on January 1 and has not yet been canceled.

Despite the fact that there is no ban on the operation of hotels and restaurants in the country, many are closed, as domestic tourism does not provide them with occupancy. “On the example of our hotel – locals call in on Saturday and Sunday with a 40% discount, but they don’t make the difference,” Demenchuk complained.

Let us remind you that Royal Flight and Nordwind Airlines, strategic partners of tour operators Coral Travel and Pegas Touristik, respectively, received permits to operate regular flights to Denpasar and Bali. Tolerances, of course, do not mean the immediate start of flights, but their presence will help to quickly restore air traffic as soon as the borders between the two countries are open.

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