June 17, 2020, 06.07 PM
Bali is aiming to diversify its economy as the Island of Gods seek to rely less on tourism as it continues reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. KOMPAS IMAGES/KRISTIANTO PURNOMO Bali is aiming to diversify its economy as the Island of Gods seek to rely less on tourism as it continues reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

For Bali’s creative sector, the island’s silver, gold, and statues are strong contenders.

While the Balinese provincial government forges ahead in diversifying its economy, logistical challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic have slowed down efforts.

The export of Balinese craft and agricultural products is temporarily constrained as air transportation services have been grounded amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Read also: Ministry of Tourism’s #BeliKreatifLokal Campaign to Support SMEs

Exports can only be conducted by sea and shipped via the Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta.

“This will take several weeks, and the packaging might be expensive,” said Wayan.

Creating new rules

Bali tourism stakeholders are making use of the sector's closure by creating a standard operation procedure on health standards as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The SOP is expected to include regulations on physical distancing, use of masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and signage.

Bali’s tourism sector will need to innovate if it strives to compete among the other global travel destinations in the new normal.

The Balinese provincial government has renamed its future new normal phase as the New Era of Bali. 

(Writer: Bali Contributor, Imam Rosidin | Editor: David Oliver Purba) 

 

Source: https://regional.kompas.com/read/2020/06/02/15270091/tak-ingin-terus-bergantung-pada-pariwisata-bali-genjot-industri-kreatif-dan

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