The whole world is feeling the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. No exception for Bali which relies on the tourism sector. It can be seen from the minus economic growth of 1.14 percent in the first quarter and 10.98 percent in the second quarter of 2020.
This slow growth is due to a sharp decline in income from tourism as the backbone of Bali’s economy. “The number of foreign tourists in Bali has decreased since the start of the pandemic to 99.97 percent in May 2020. Bali has lost around 9.7 trillion rupiahs every month from the tourism sector alone,” said Bali deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati in a related webinar event. tourism, Saturday (3/10).
Based on data from the Bali Province Manpower and ESDM Office, continued the man who is familiarly called Cok Ace, as many as 71,313 formal sector workers were laid off. Also 2,570 people lost their jobs.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also caused a decrease in consumption and production of creative products, and negatively affected 98 percent of creative industry workers. “This is indeed very unfortunate. Therefore, the Provincial Government of Bali is committed to supporting the necessary steps for the recovery of the Balinese economy, including the creative industry sector,” he added.
Cok Ace added that the government cannot predict when tourism for foreign tourists (tourists) will reopen. The reason is, it is still seeing the progress of the case.
Both in Indonesia and abroad. However, his party ensures that in the future, Bali tourism will be based on quality by not neglecting quantity. “Quality and quantity are expected to go hand in hand,” he explained.
Cok Ace admitted that he was aggressively asking the tourism industry to prepare proper health protocols for every tourist destination in Bali. Besides that, community support is also important, where the community must be able to show the outside world that health protocols have been applied with discipline.