Tourism Ministry Calls on Regional Gov’t to Ensure Safe, Health Aspects of Tourist Destinations
In a bid to speed up recovery on tourism and creative economy sector, tourist destinations including the country’s five super priorities must be improved, according to Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/ Head of Tourism and Creative Economy Agency Sandiaga Uno.
“We must prepare everything for the improvement, but our priority is to improve health aspect, followed by other tourism aspects such as culinary, fashion, crafts, and traditional dances,” the Minister said in a virtual meeting with heads of tourism agency at regencies and cities around the countries on Saturday (26/12).
He went on to say that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed the Government to ensure the safety and health aspects in all tourist destinations by implementing Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environment Sustainability (CHSE).
“The CHSE is aimed at supporting the recovery of players on tourism and creative economy industry. It is our duty to disseminate CHSE certification to the public,” he said adding that the Ministry has met the target of issuing CHSE certification to 6,626 businesses on tourism industry this year.
On that occasion, Sandi reminded regional governments to take swift and effective measures to recover tourism industry and creative economy since the pandemic has largely affected 30 million players of that industry.
For long-term recovery, he continued, the Government must build infrastructure for the tourist destinations, create and promote tourist attraction, monitor the implementation of CHSE in all destination spots, improve human resources quality, and improve quality and quantity of creative industry products.
In addition, the number of tourists will increase once the Government meets safe and comfortable aspects to them, broaden connectivity, provide tour package, optimize MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conferencing, and Exhibition) at tourist destinations, provide incentive to increase competitiveness of local product and create more jobs, and provide transfer to region funds to support hotels and restaurants, he added.
The Minister also expressed optimism that the measures and cooperation taken among business players, media, communities, and stakeholders can recover tourist industry and creative economy. (BPMI/UN) (RAS/MUR)