Finally, the news we have all been waiting for. Ylou read that right people; after a long year of being ripped from their main jobs, both the locals and any other foreign individuals living in Bali can breathe a little easier. Here it is: the rainbow after the storm. If hope is what has been keeping us alive, then this definitely is one thing we can be hopeful for.

According to the authorities, the number of passengers at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali in the March 2021 period recorded an increase of 68% in comparison to the passenger movement statistics in the February 2021 period.

In March 2021, it was noted that the airport served as many as 264,070 passengers consisting of 134,558 arriving passengers and 129,512 passengers leaving the Island of the Gods.

“When compared to passengers served in the previous February 2021, the departures increased by 63% and arrivals increased by 74%,” stated the General Manager of the Branch Office of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) International Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai Herry AY Sikado, in Badung Regency in Bali, Sunday (4/4/2021).

He explained then that the highest number of daily passengers during March 2021 occurred on March 28, 2021, recording 11,776 passengers served in the facility.

The three most popular flight destinations in March 2021 are Jakarta, Surabaya and Lombok. “Of course, if the statistical movement of passenger traffic increases, the aircraft carrying also increases by 26% or 2,845 aircraft movements in the March 2021 period, when detailed for the arrival of 1,416 aircraft movements and 1,429 departures of aircraft movements,” Herry further said.

According to Herry Sikado, it is confirmed that with a statistical increase in March 2021 for both passengers and aircraft movements, the Ngurah Rai Airport manager would still maintain the level of service provided, especially in implementing health protocols according to procedures.

He also appealed to all service users while at the airport to prioritize health protocols by using masks, maintaining distance and regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizers.

“Currently all Ngurah Rai Airport officers are also gradually undergoing the Covid-19 vaccination process to help the government anticipate the Covid-19 pandemic and increase public confidence in using air transportation modes,” he finally added.

Well, that is one good, if nort great, news that we all have been waiting for. At last we can go back to doing whatever it is we were doing before the pandemic hits; albeit the strict health protocols thag we will still have to conduct in our daily activities.

However, is it really safe to start travelling again? Well, with the CHSE protocols being carried on every aircrafts taking us to the island, the mass Covid-19 vaccination given to the islanders, all the way to the safety protocols applied in every public places in thr island, we think it’s safe to say that it is. At least, it will be relatively so, now more than ever.

What is CHSE, anyway? The Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency (Kemenparekraf / Barekraf) ensures that Bali has implemented cleanliness, health, safety & environment sustainability (CHSE).

Deputy for Destination and Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Hari Santosa Sungkari, said the CHSE is important to welcome tourists. CHSE is a protocol with hygiene, health, sanitation and environmental standards.

“Bali must be ready to welcome tourists, both those coming from the air, land and sea,” said Hari Sungkari in a statement in Jakarta, Tuesday (8/12/2020). He added, Kemenparekraf / Barekraf participated in restoring tourist destinations in Bali by touching everything. Starting from cleanliness such as revitalizing toilets, to implementing health protocols based on the CHSE.

Hari added, the government is exploring the possibility of foreign tourists via direct flights from Japan and China to Bali. “We are currently discussing a travel bubble with several countries. such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan. But there is someone asking again from America, “he continued. The travel bubble is the opening of a cross-country boundary zone that allows residents to travel as long as it does not exceed a predetermined area.

In this regard, the Ministry of Tourism is preparing a health protocol to welcome foreign tourists. According to him, it is possible that tourists need to bring PCR results and after arriving in Denpasar they must first undergo quarantine.

Last year, the former Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio handed over the CHSE certificate to a restaurant manager in Kuta, Bali, Friday (11/12/2020).
The world tourism organization (UN WTO) appreciates the tourism industry in Bali for implementing the CHSE (Clean, Health, Safety and Environment Sustainability) protocol. This appreciation was expressed when the UN WTO representative visited Bali.

“Yesterday the WTO UN came here. They really appreciate the implementation of the CHSE protocol in Bali,” said the former Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio in Kuta, Bali, Friday (11/12/2020).

He explained that Indonesia was the first country visited by the WTO UN to see firsthand the implementation of the CHSE protocol.

While in Bali, UN WTO made visits to a number of places, from airports, hotels, restaurants and a number of tourist objects.

Wishnu asked that the appreciation given by the WTO UN be maintained consistently by tourism actors and tourists on vacation in Bali. “Tourism actors and tourists alike must have concerns about the CHSE,” he said.

In addition to the implementation of the CHSE, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has also revitalized tourism supporting infrastructure including toilets on Kuta Beach, Bali, as one of the tourist attractions in tourist’s favorite destinations.

Deputy for Destination and Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Hari Santosa Sungkari, said that the supporting infrastructure for tourism, including clean toilets, is an indication of a well-managed and quality destination.

“A clean toilet indicates that the destination is also clean. Moreover, we carry out the standard implementation of health protocols with the CHSE program or ‘Cleanliness, Health, Safety, Environment’, “said Hari Sungkari.

He said that Kuta Beach, which is located in Badung Regency, Bali, is one of the favorite destinations for tourists, so it needs to be revitalized to make it more comfortable for tourists to visit.
For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / Baparekraf is carrying out activities to revitalize toilets as an important tourism supporting infrastructure.

The Toilet Revitalization Activity on Kuta Beach was inaugurated by the Deputy for Destination and Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Hari Santosa Sungkari, accompanied by the Director of Regional Destination Development II of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wawan Gunawan, and Secretary of the Tourism Office of Badung Regency, AA Yuyun H. Enni, on 11 December 2020.

Hari Sungkari said the Clean Toilet Program was the second toilet revitalized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / Baparekraf in the Kuta Beach area.

Hari added, destination managers have also proven their commitment to maintaining and maintaining the first toilets that have been revitalized.

Director of Regional Tourism Destination Development II of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wawan Gunawan, said that good facilities make visitors more happy and comfortable while enjoying the beach atmosphere.

So, are you ready for Bali 2.0?