The grant is part of the programs to enhance social protection and it will not only be used to assist the hotels and restaurants, but also travel agencies, operators of tourist attractions, and recreational parks.
In a recent interview, Co-founder of Indonesia’s first online travel company tiket.com Gaery Undarsa expressed optimism about the tourism sector may return to its pre-pandemic level.
“The impact of Covid-19 pandemic is not the worst thing ever happens to tiket.com,” Gaery, who is also the company’s chief marketing officer, told Kompas.com on Wednesday, September 22.
He recalled that in 2017, before the pandemic, the company could not afford to pay the salaries of 250 employees. But, during the pandemic, when the tourism industry is one of the sectors most affected, the company can pay the monthly salaries of over 1,000 employees and all still have their jobs. “This is something that we can be grateful for,” he said.
He went on to say that the pandemic has opened up opportunities in domestic tourism as Indonesian travelers now search for new tourist destinations in the country.
“I really hope that we [the tourism sector] can be better than before.”
“A lot of industries are also affected by the pandemic but as long as we stay optimistic and always look at the opportunities, there is always hope for a better future,” he added.
To do so, he underscored the importance of working closely with the relevant parties. Taking an example, his company has organized workshops to support the government program on five 'Super Priority Destinations', namely Lake Toba, Borobudur, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, and Likupang.