Jakarta. Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno is optimistic that local communities will still throng Indonesia’s tourism destinations despite the government’s ban on the homecoming exodus, locally called “mudik”, during Idul Fitr 2021.
"'Mudik’ has this year been prohibited, but tourism destinations will remain crowded. Hence, health protocols must be well-prepared," Uno noted while opening the national dialog on “The Banten’s Cultural Arts and Creative Economy in Social Justice Perspective” here on Tuesday.
During the dialog focused on boosting tourism through cultural arts and creative economy by applying inclusive social justice practices and women-child friendly approaches, Uno called on the regional administrations to prepare their tourism destinations to welcome tourists during Idul Fitr in accordance with the outlined health protocols to stem the transmission of COVID-19.
“In this last one year, the tourism sector plunged and so did the economy. Major impacts (due to the pandemic) hit people,” he pointed out.
Hence, Uno is upbeat about a revival in the tourism and creative economy sectors through the application of stringent health protocols and improvement of ongoing COVID-19 testing and vaccination.
The minister highlighted that tourism and creative economy would facilitate recovery from COVID-19 through the implementation of 3G: quick movement, mutual movement, and accelerated movement that encompass all possibilities to survive.
Uno called on the Banten provincial administration for mapping tourism and creative economy in the region through village tour development.
During his visit to Banten Province, Uno opened the dialog of Bantenese culture arts. He, hereafter, paid a visit to some tourism destinations, including the Agrinex village tour in Cikeusik-Pandeglang District, Tanjung Lesung Beach, and Anyer Beach. (Antaranews)