As Indonesia battles a new spike in coronavirus cases, social media influencers seem to be pointing to an impending reopening of tourism on the island of Bali.
As local government authorities point to domestic tourism reopening across the region on July 31, local media reports a growing number of travel influencers sharing their travel experiences around Bali spruiking ‘travel habits’ that will come into play amid the pandemic.
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According to local mediaCoconuts, the co-ordinated influencer posts – featuring idyllic shots around the island – are reportedly in conjunction with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. It’s understood the specific hashtags are being used to help promote Indonesian tourism ahead of the local and international reopening, such as ##InDOnesiaCARE, #thoughtfulindonesia and #wonderfulindonesia
Just last week, Bali’s Governor Wayan Koster denied the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases would result in strengthened restrictions, which began earlier this month, noting instead that the province’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is going well.
Bali recorded the second-highest spike on July 16 since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, with 112 new COVID-19 cases that brought the provincial total to 2,533. Now, with 62 new COVID-19 cases reported today, Bali’s provincial total has surpassed more than 3,000 cases. This includes more than 2,300 recoveries and 48 deaths.
The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Bali has been catastrophic, given the closure of the island amid the pandemic.
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International tourists may be able to head back to Bali in September. Picture: SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP.Source:AFP
Bali looks to reopen to local tourism by the end of July. Picture: SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP.Source:AFP
Bali’s economy depends largely on visitors. Its gross domestic product contracted 1.14 per cent year-on-year in January-March, compared with a 2.97 per cent GDP expansion nationally.
Foreign tourist arrivals into Indonesia plunged more than 60 per cent in March, compared to the year-earlier month, with Chinese arrivals sliding more than 97 per cent.
There have been fears that the popular tourist destination, which attracts around 1.2 million Aussies each year, could be on the brink of collapse because of the global health pandemic.
Bali has pointed to a September 11 reopening for international tourists, however strict health protocols would be in place.
Bali is looking to reopen to overseas visitors in September. Picture: AYANASource:Supplied
Mr Koster told The Jakarta Post Bali had prepared a three-phase plan on relaxing restrictions to welcome tourists to the island – both local and foreign.
The first phase started on July 9 when the administration began reopening local businesses and tourist spots for residents of Bali.
“We’ll start the second phase on July 31 by reopening tourism for domestic tourists,” Mr Koster said on Wednesday as reported by tempo.com.
“The third phase would be launched on Sept. 11. We’ll open our borders for international tourists.
“International tourists would be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results that are valid for two weeks in accordance with the circular issued by the transportation Minister.”
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