“Tourists who will come to Wakatobi can do so by air or sea. They can take a ferry from Baubau or a fast boat called the Jet Liner,” said Nadar.
The Wakatobi provincial government’s data from January to February 2020 listed around 28,000 tourists including 6,000 international visitors.
Other tourist destinations ready to reopen
The Wakatobi provincial government’s desire to reopen its tourism sector is in keeping with similar calls from Indonesia’s other regions.
Although Indonesia’s most popular destination of Bali remains closed to tourists and is in no rush to reopen, other places have reopened.
Three Gili Islands including Gili Trawangan in North Lombok announced plans to reopen.
With reports of zero Covid-19 cases, the Gili Islands are preparing for a new normal transition.
By welcoming tourists to the Gili Islands, an estimated 120 hotels and restaurants will begin operations as well as having 4,000 workers back to work.
Indonesia has also voiced plans to create a travel bubble with Malaysia with a focus on Lake Toba and Aceh.