News Office (The Jakarta Post)
Sun, November 1, 2020
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is preparing to revitalize sanitation facilities at several tourist sites in Bali in November.
Wawan Gunawan, regional director of destination II development in the ministry, said the revitalization program will be implemented in one city and eight regencies, namely Denpasar, Badung, Tabanan, Gianyar, Klungkung, Karangasem, Buleleng, Bangli and Jembrana.
Wawan said the program would be adjusted according to the priorities of each tourist site; however, it would primarily focus on sanitation and health facilities.
Meanwhile, Hari Santosa Sungkari, the ministry’s infrastructure and destination development manager, said on Friday that several tourist attractions on the Island of the Gods were not equipped with amenities, antaranews.com reported.
Hari said the ministry aims to improve amenities, including hygiene facilities at tourist sites, to provide comfort to tourists.
He explained that it was important for a tourist destination to adhere to international standards for toilet cleanliness.
The revitalization program also aims to improve the quality of service and the competitiveness of tourist attractions.
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Bali tourism agency chief I Putu Astawa said the tourism trend will change in the future, saying travelers would prefer to visit destinations that offer safety and comfort, as well as a clean and sustainable environment.
“This revitalization program suits the current tourist trend,” he said, adding that hygiene and health features were important for travelers.
Nani Sumaryati Firmansyah, head of water and sanitation at the Indonesian Toilet Association, shared a similar opinion.
She said it was important for travelers to have proper hygiene facilities.
âThey don’t need to be fancy, but the toilets need to be well equipped and function properly,â she said.
“If a tourist’s first impression of the toilet is bad, then he or she will immediately think that the tourist attraction is poorly managed.”
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is currently working to revive tourism in Bali, which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio presented âWe Love Bali,â an educational campaign on cleanliness, health, safety and the environment (CHSE) for children. Bali residents, tourism stakeholders and creative economy entrepreneurs.
The campaign aims to boost the travel industries and the island’s creative economy and, at the same time, give a positive image to Bali’s tourism industry.
In addition, the ministry plans to set aside 119 billion rupees (US $ 8 million) to provide free CHSE certification to companies across Indonesia. The certificate is intended to help regain the confidence of tourists.
Popular Indonesian beer brand Bir Bintang said in a statement that it will fully support the CHSE campaign by offering training sessions to more than 50 partner outlets on the island and helping them achieve the certificate.
The beer brand has also built a microsite, tetapbisa.id, which presents a list of certified tourist sites in Bali. The microsite, which launched on November 1, is equipped with a contact tracing feature that should help the administration in the fight against COVID-19. (jes)
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise awareness about the pandemic.