The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo posted a new vlog on his YouTube channel on Friday night.
Titled #JKWVLOG Bali Aman (Bali is Safe), the video showcases the President walking on the beach with Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, State Secretary Pratikno, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, Presidential Staff Chief of Staff Teten Masduki and Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika.
“This afternoon, I’m on the Island of the Gods, Bali Island,” said the president, adding that Bali is safe.
Jokowi then explained that he was on Kuta Beach and repeatedly said to the camera,”Ramai sekali (it’s so crowded).”
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The President then moved the camera to the crowd behind him, showing both local and foreign tourists waving to the camera. The video also captures the President taking photos with some of these tourists.
After visiting Kuta Beach, the President and the group then went into a restaurant.
Arief said that the President's visit to Bali proved that the island was totally safe.
The recent volcanic activity of Mount Agung in Karangasem reportedly impacted Bali's tourism with numerous flights cancelations, resulting in low hotel occupancy.
“The visit can [help] boost Bali tourism [and] improve the number of foreign tourist arrivals [in Bali],” said Arief in a press release as quoted by Kompas.com. (jes/asw)