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Corona Doesn’t Mean ‘Doomsday’ for North Sulawesi Tourism

CORONAVIRUS hardly hits Indonesia tourism sector. Meanwhile, one of the province in Indonesia, North Sulawesi tourism continues to stretch amid the corona outbreak.

Even though North Sulawesi was hit by the loss of hundred of thousands Chinese tourists, it did not make the tourism sector goes into free fall.
Head of North Sulawesi Tourism Office Henry Kaitjily said that corona does not mean a doomsday to North Sulawesi tourism sector.

He said, North Sulawesi will be targeting the non-Chinese tourists, especially domestics.

Special staff officer of North Sulawesi Governor in tourism sector, Mr Dino Gobel agreed with Kaitjily. Gobel said, North Sulawesi will be targeting 5 million local tourists to visit North Sulawesi this year.
But he said the districts in North Sulawesi must work together. “Tourism packages in each district must be properly prepared .”

The Vice Governor Mr Steven Kandouw said that there are many interesting attractions in various districts of the area in North Sulawesi. For example in the East Bolaang Mongondow and Modoinding, South Minahasa.

There are some advantages for these regions, because the central government adopted a policy to reduce ticket prices to Manado up to 50%.

This low price starting from 1 March 2020. Beside Manado, the Government was giving 25- 50% subsidy on airline tickets to nine tourism destinations, namely Batam, Denpasar, Yogyakarta, Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Malang, Silangit, Tanjung Pandan, and Tanjung Pinang.

According to Indonesian Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub RI), this policy has been definitely related to the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, that hits Indonesia’s tourism.

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi has stated that this discount is valid from March 2020 to the next three months.

 He added that the government will give an incentive worth up to IDR 500 billion, and so does another stakeholder, such as PT Pertamina (Company), which also will give the subsidy on aviation fuel as well as IDR 260 billion as the incentive.

The authorities of the airports, such as PT Angkasa Pura I and PT Angkasa Pura II (Company) also will be give the subsidy in form of Passenger Service Charger (PSC) discount. Meanwhile, AirNav Indonesia will give the subsidy on flight navigation to reduce the airline expenses by IDR 100 billion. (ist/sb)

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