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Jakarta Post

Safe travel, later

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, May 30 2020   /  08:21 am

The government’s plan to gradually reopen the economy in June has led to more intense discussions on jumpstarting the tourist industry and creative economy. The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has expressed plans to support the immediate reopening of various sectors, while brainstorming “new normal” standards for them.Many businesses related to tourism have closed, laying off 1.4 million employees while others have furloughed staff in the two months since physical distancing and stay-at-home measures were put in place. Foreign visitor arrivals plunged 64 percent year-on-year in March to a level unseen in a decade.This is a severe blow to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, which had pledged to boost tourism’s 5 percent contribution to gross domestic product. The government’s master plan focuses on developing super-priority tourist destinations by buildi...