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ASEAN hotel associations endorse travel bubble

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Menteri Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif Wishnutama (tengah) bersama Ketua Umum Persatuan Hotel dan Restoran Indonesia (PHRI) Hariyadi B. Sukamdani (kiri) melihat penyajian makanan di Hotel JS Luwansa, Kuningan, Jakarta, Rabu (8/7/2020). JS Luwansa ditunjuk sebagai pilot project dalam Sosialisasi Kebijakan dan Simulasi Protokol Kesehatan bagi industri Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif di masa Covid 19.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Hotel associations in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines are pushing to resume travel within the ASEAN bloc to boost regional tourism, which has suffered greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic.   While opening borders to tourism may be months away for some countries, many ASEAN nations are resuming domestic travel and hospitality services for local tourists.   Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines chair Eugene T. Yap said the country had created a local travel bubble program that had opened 10 destinations to domestic tourists, with strict health protocols in place.   “If opening local tourism is successful, then international tourists will be more confident about coming to ASEAN countries,” he said during a webinar hosted by Sahid University in Indonesia recently.   “We need to reopen our businesses and find ...