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Jakarta Post

Govt prioritizes health, safety to revive tourism

  • Norman Harsono


Jakarta   /   Wed, December 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Visitors look at a performance by divers in Santa Claus costumes at the Jakarta Aquarium and Safari, at Neo Soho Mall, in Grogol, West Jakarta on Dec. 22, 2020. Thousands of aquatic and terrestrial animals are on display at the tourist spot, which is open to the public under tight enforcement of health protocol. JP/Seto Wardhana(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The government has vowed to prioritize health and safety in its efforts to revive the pandemic-battered tourism industry while highlighting new types of attraction that may offer promising business opportunities. Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno pledged on Tuesday to prioritize COVID-19 containment measures while still pursuing industry recovery next year. “The year 2021 is the moment to start recovering, but we must be disciplined,” Sandiaga stressed during a live-broadcasted press conference at the Hutan Kota by Plataran restaurant in Central Jakarta. “When traveling, we should not compromise on health and must continue to comply with health protocols.” The COVID-19 pandemic has hit tourism hard as movement restrictions enforced in countries around the world have discouraged people from traveling. It is expected to continue plagui...