June 23, 2020, 11.32 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Bali provincial government plans to open its doors to tourism starting in July, with emphasis on attracting local tourists living in the Island of the Gods first.

The latest development in Bali’s tourism story was announced by the Marketing Head of Bali Tourism Department, Ida Ayu Indah Yustikarini, on June 21.

Read also: Bali Tourism Remains Closed Amid Pandemic

“The Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster, plans to start in July, but only for the Balinese locals,” Ida said during a live streaming session called “Socialization in the New Normal for the Tourism and Creative Economy Sectors.”

The Bali provincial government has emphasized that the popular tourist destination is not rushing to reopen.

There are still active Covid-19 cases throughout the island although it has been spared the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mitigating the coronavirus pandemic remains the Balinese government’s first priority despite the regional economy being dominated by tourism activities.

Read also: Bali Strives to Diversify Its Economy and Rely Less on Tourism

The cautious approach was also highlighted by the Marketing Director of Tourism Region I at the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Vinsensius Jemadu.

In a statement, Vinsensius said that Bali is the capital of Indonesian tourism thus it should not be rushing into its reopening.

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