Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio supports innovation to excite tourism amid the COVID-19 pandemic through virtual tours as a promotional event while waiting for national borders to be opened to tourists.
"This is a very important period for digital ecosystem players so that when things get better, digital platforms can be better used to advance Indonesian tourism," Wishutama said at a virtual press conference, Thursday.
Wishnutama said the COVID-10 pandemic accelerated the digitization process, and he encouraged industry and society to take advantage of technology in creating interesting content so that it could be an alternative for tourists who miss exploring Indonesia. "We will continue to support innovative things," he said.
Traveloka in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemenparekraf) launched an innovative Virtual Tour from Online Xperience, a solution to get an exciting, interactive and inspiring experience in a variety of beautiful homeland tourist destinations without leaving home.
Wishnutama welcomes the synergy between various parties in creating innovations in the digital world that can entertain people who cannot travel and solutions for guides who are also affected by the pandemic.
"Now the important thing is to collaborate so we can find solutions through the pandemic," he said.
He hopes that this collaboration can create excellent results in restoring national tourism and reviving the tourism industry and creative economy.
"This is an example of collaboration in tourism and the creative economy. If we collaborate, it will produce extraordinary innovations," he said.
He said the government had prioritized enforcing health protocols, one of which was through implementing health protocols in tourist destinations with the Indonesia CARE campaign. (Antaranews)