June 22, 2020, 09.03 PM
An Indonesia and Malaysia travel bubble is being discussed and there is a strong interest in prioritizing North Sumatra?s Lake Toba and Aceh as destinations. ShutterstockAn Indonesia and Malaysia travel bubble is being discussed and there is a strong interest in prioritizing North Sumatra?s Lake Toba and Aceh as destinations.

“Between the two green zones, people would be able to travel, take vacations, or specifically undertake medical tourism in Malaysia. But, again, we are still waiting for the SOP [from Aceh],” said Hisham.

Lake Toba’s readiness

President Director of Lake Toba Tourism Authority Arie Prasetyo said that there are eight districts in Lake Toba that are considered green zones.

The bigger problem at hand is the Silangit Airport in the North Tapanuli District that has been given the yellow zone status.

Nonetheless, ASITA North Sumatra Branch Chairman Solahuddin Nasution stated that an Indonesia and Malaysia travel bubble with Lake Toba and Aceh will revive the tourism industry.

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“I think travel agents who grasp the plans will grab the opportunity. We’ve had zero income for the past four months, so of course we’re excited and we cannot wait,” said Solahuddin.

Solahuddin also pointed out the readiness of airlines in supporting the Indonesia and Malaysia travel bubble.

Citing business reasons, Solahuddin said that airlines may be reluctant to initiate flights between the Indonesia and Malaysia travel bubble destinations if there are few passengers.

Read also: Airlines and Hotels in Indonesia Need 2 Years to Recover Post Pandemic

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