NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Tourism and creative economy activities with the implementation of strict health protocols. In various regions in the country, it is hoped that it can push back the stretching of the national economy which was heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy / Tourism and Creative Economy Agency Wishnutama Kusubandio in his statement on Wednesday (5/8/2020) said that the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in its latest report noted that the national economy in the second quarter of 2020 experienced a negative contraction of 5.32 percent ( YoY).
The deepest contraction was experienced by the transportation and warehousing sectors, which contracted by 30.84 percent. The second-largest decline was experienced by the accommodation and food and beverage services sector, which contracted by 22.31 percent.
“The reason is the cessation of human movement due to a pandemic that makes people more active at home. Besides, many recreational and entertainment venues were closed, which resulted in a decline in the occupancy rates of hotel rooms and restaurants. So that the impact on the tourism support sector and the creative economy, such as transportation, is quite large, “Wishnutama said.
However, since the PSBB easing policy was enacted by several local governments, the national economy has slowly begun to move. Finally, the Provincial Government of Bali has reopened the tourism sector for domestic tourists.
For that, Wishnutama hopes that tourism activities can boost the national economy again. However, he reminded us that the implementation of health protocols is an absolute requirement that must be considered in this regard. Not only for the community but also for business actors in the tourism sector and the creative economy.
“We have initiated the Indonesia CARE campaign, which is a communication strategy to build public trust and prove that all business premises in the spacecraft sector prioritize the principles of cleanliness, health, safety and a sustainable environment for their consumers,” Wishnutama said.
The government rolled out various policies
Meanwhile, for the industrial sector, the government has rolled out various policies and facilitated fiscal and non-fiscal stimulus for parekraf business actors in the National Economic Recovery (PEN) program. Among them are encouraging parekraf actors to take advantage of the bailout funds channeled through the Association of State-Owned Banks (Himbara).
As well as the latest government guarantees for labor-intensive corporations which are carried out through the provision of guarantee facilities so that banks can increase working capital credit exposure to business actors in priority sectors. One of them is tourism, namely hotels and restaurants.
“Kemenparekraf cannot work alone to face all the impacts arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. There needs to be a Joint effort with good collaboration between the government, industry, and the community, “said the number the Ministry of Tourism
Previously, the Head of BPS Suhariyanto in his statement said that the national economic growth in the second quarter of 2020 which contracted by minus 5.32 percent was the lowest since 1999.
“Tracing the economic growth in the quarterly, the 53.2 percent contraction was the lowest since the first quarter of 1999, which contracted minus 6.13 percent,” said Suhariyanto.
Nevertheless, he invited all parties to build optimism that the third quarter of 2020 economic activity would improve. Since the relaxation of the PSBB in early June 2020 onwards, there has been an economic movement, although it is still far from returning to normal.
“For that, we need to work together. We all must join hands to build optimism so that we all unite to fight COVID-19. And one of the most important keys to achieving national economic recovery is our discipline to strictly adhere to health protocols, “said Suhariyanto. (sir / aka)