DOMESTIC TOURISTS’ LONG HOLIDAY IN BALI

DOMESTIC TOURISTS’ LONG HOLIDAY IN BALI

Domestic tourists flock to Jimbaran Beach, Bali during the mass leave this week (23 Oct – 2 Nov). Entering the last day of collective leave, visitors are seen still enjoying the beauty of the sunset on Jimbaran Beach, Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Jimbaran Beach is known for its cafes that prepare seafood menus and are directly on the beach. Apart from enjoying a menu of Balinese culinary specialties, tourists can also enjoy the beach atmosphere and the beautiful sunset on the western horizon.

According to data from the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, an increase in the number of tourists began to appear since October 26, 2020. The number of visits at that time was estimated at 5,000 people. This number continues to increase. On October 27, 2020, tourists are predicted to increase to 6,300 people. The drastic increase of 9,500 people occurred on October 28, 2020.

This condition has an impact on the turnover of cafes along Jimbaran Beach which increases up to 60 percent from normal days. One of the cafe managers in Jimbaran Beach, Ketut Sudiasih, admitted that he was happy with the arrival of domestic guests on this long holiday, because usually it is so quiet due to the pandemic, but during this period of holiday it was crowded with domestic tourists. They even give the visitors a 15-20 percent covid-19 discount. The increase in the number of visitors began to occur on October 28, 2020 or the first day of joint leaves.

Apart from cafes, a number of hotels have also felt the impact of this joint vacation. The number of hotel occupancies that were usually quiet due to the pandemic has begun to increase. Like the Intercontinental Jimbaran Hotel, which holds a variety of entertainment to pamper guests. The hotel applies a discount of between 15 and 50 percent at cafe restaurants and other hotel facilities. A number of visitors, mostly from Jakarta, claim to be safe because all the locations they visit in Bali, including hotels and cafes, have implemented a disciplined health protocol.

Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, I Putu Astawa, said Bali tourism was still in the process of being able to adjust to the impact of the pandemic that had not yet ended. According to him, tourist visits are a blessing for Bali, which during the last eight months the tourism sector has plummeted. He said that long vacations with a high number of tourist visits during the pandemic are two things that need to be harmonized. Health is important and the main thing that must be considered. But the economic for Bali itself is also important for the survival of many parties. He also mentioned Bali as one of the prima donna tourist destinations abroad, welcoming domestic tourist visits in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those coming during the 2020 long holiday.

The government harmonizes and balances health and economic interests. So they are trying to create a safe, comfortable vacation without crowds.

Meanwhile, a number of tourist-attraction managers in Bali are optimistic that Bali tourism can recover soon. There are many factors related to the beliefs of tourism object managers on the Island of the Gods. First apart from the number of confirmed positive daily cases of Covid-19 in regencies / cities in Bali which continues to decreased. Also the cure rate for Covid-19 patients continues to increase drastically.

In addition, the incessant socialization, supervision and monitoring of health protocols carried out by the Task Force for handling Covid-19 is also recognized as a determining factor. Public awareness to obey and implement health programs such as wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining distance is also believed to further reduce the number of transmission and exposure to the Corona virus in Bali.

Even though currently there are no foreign tourists because it hasn’t been opened yet, however, with the arrival of domestic tourists to Sangeh tourism object, they are optimist that in the future it will be crowded like before.

It can also be seen from the tourist’s visit during the long holiday of mass leave some time ago. It was said, from the average number of visits, during the long holiday, there were around 100 people who came to Sangeh tourism object.

Health protocols are also implemented, according to government recommendations; body temperature checking before walk-in, providing hand washing facilities at tourist sites, using masks for each visitor, and monitoring visitors to keep their distance and not crowd while on tour. The key is that all parties, both tourism managers and visitors or tourists, are aware and obey the health program as recommended by the government / Covid-19 Handling Task Force.

For now, from monitoring in other tourism objects, such as Bali Zoo, Bali Bird Park, Ceking, Sukawati Art Market, Tirta Empul, Ubud Monkey Forest, Gianyar, Bali, almost most of the tourism object managers have implemented the program. Apart from implementing strict health protocols, joint officers from the army, police, ministry of health, and related agencies also continue to aggressively supervise, monitor, and unannounced inspection. For visitors who were caught violating, such as not wearing masks, and making the crowd reprimanded to guidance.

Regarding the implementation of strict health protocols in tourist objects in Bali, one of the tourist attraction visitors, Gusti Ayu Purnami, admitted that there is no problem with being guarded or monitored by the authorities while on tour. For her, there is no problem because the goal is for the common good. In fact, the visitors are grateful and happy and at the same time feel comfortable on vacation with family because someone reminds us.

This conclude that although the pandemic is still exist, Bali is still a favourite destination for travellers on vacation. To the tune of 109 thousand tourists came through I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport. From 23 October to 1 November 2020, the total arrivals and departures are 109 thousand passengers. This number was dominated by those who came from Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar and Lombok.

The peak of arrivals occurred on October 28, 2020, with a total of 9,500 passengers. The backflow occurred on November 1, 2020, totalling 11,500 passengers. An increase in the number of visits was also conveyed by the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Putu Astawa. Although is not too significant, he admitted that there was an increase in the number of tourist visits to several destinations in Bali.

He is grateful that even in the midst of a pandemic, tourists still want to visit Bali. He believes that there has been a positive movement in the economy during the long holiday yesterday. The economic impact is felt because tourists definitely rent hotels, transportation and visit tourist objects. Surely, it was a bit of fresh air for Bali to breathe.

He continued, in the normal atmosphere before the pandemic, the number of tourist visits per day was around 16 thousand people. On the long holiday on vacation together yesterday, the number of tourists who came on vacation was half the number on normal days before the pandemic, namely 9,500 people.

The number is entirely domestic tourists because foreign tourists are still not allowed to be accepted. For foreign tourists it is still closed. That, depending on the country when he will allow his people to travel. This is something that is difficult to predict for foreign tourists. Hopefully it will be early in 2021 after the vaccine is available.

Let’s pray and keep the positive vibes!

CHSE- Implemented Halloween Party in Ubud and Uluwatu

CHSE- Implemented Halloween Party in Ubud and Uluwatu

It’s that spooky time of year again when both kids and adults love to dress up for all things Halloween!

We are rounding up where to get in on the spooky action if you are in Bali for this year’s scariest day of the year. There are many events happenings throughout the week, which will be sure to please all of your ghosts and ghouls from young to old.

Halloween parties may look different and low key this year. But you can still can plan a Halloween party and have your tricks and treats—with a twist. With everyone getting the nuances of hosting a Zoom party and following the social distancing norms right, it is time to put  to test these newly acquired skills for Halloween party and the upcoming holiday events

Everyone wants to celebrate Halloween big time. With a bit of caution, you can have a fun party at work, home or in your community. If you live in Ubud or Uluwatu (and practically any other areas in Bali,) you would know about the Halloween parties organized by many of our favorite hang-out places.

It’s only natural to want to attend a party after all this time we spend at home, but let us not forget to take safety measures so we don’t bring the virus home. Wear your mask (which you might already wear as part of your costume anyway,) when you’re surrounded by people, and do try to keep a safe distance of 6 foot or more from those around you; especially if you don’t know them.

However, if you prefer not to attend such parties and organize a safer one instead,  are some party ideas to make this upcoming Halloween that will not put you in harm’s way:

  1. Create a “haunted” egg hunt

Egg hunts are a popular way to celebrate Easter in the spring. Why not replicate the idea with a Halloween twist? Jeena Morgan, a mom of five from Pocatello, Idaho, says she’s planning to send her kids on a “haunted hunt” for candy if it isn’t safe enough to trick or treat. “It will be like an Easter egg hunt, but with scary music and spooky stuff, followed by a scary movie and popcorn afterwards,” she says.

This idea can work for single families staying home, or it can be a way to allow neighborhood trick-or-treaters to stop at your house for candy while still maintaining social distance. “Scatter the eggs on your lawn, and kids can respectfully pick up one or two,” explains Kim O’Neill, a mom of one from Enid, Oklahoma.

  1. Organize a parade of costumes

For kids, costumes are a major part of any Halloween celebration, and it’d be seriously disappointing if they didn’t get to show off their new Paw Patrol mask or fake mermaid tail. The solution? “Have a parade of costumes. Then we all buy our own candy to enjoy,” says Angela O’Brien, a mom of two from San Antonio.

The parade can be organized with kids in the same neighborhood or apartment complex, and they can stay socially distanced while they march down a safe, designated route. Parents can play music, blow bubbles and wave glow sticks. There are a million ways to customize the event for your specific area and needs.

  1. Have a neighborhood decorating contest

This may be the perfect year to go all out creating that front lawn fake graveyard or making the door of your apartment look like the entrance to a haunted mansion. Terra Lindquist, a mom of three from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, suggests communities go all out and then tour the neighborhood to check out one another’s handiwork. “It can be like looking at Christmas lights, but with Halloween decor,” she notes.

Families can check out the decorations while driving around and sipping pumpkin spice lattes or hot chocolate, or they can take a socially distanced walk to see it all. Social media tools like Facebook or NextDoor could even be used to vote on the best decorations.

  1. Do a Halloween door drop

Skip the door-to-door trick-or-treating and deliver Halloween goody baskets to your closest family or friends instead. “I’m going to put together little treat baskets with candy, a card and some cute Halloween trinkets to leave on people’s doorsteps,” says Mary Shelton, a mom of two from Dallas. “It’s something I’ve done occasionally during other years, but this year, it seems like the safest way to share treats.”

The baskets can include items like glow sticks, silly glasses, favorite candies or kid-made crafts. You could even do a themed basket with popcorn, movie theater-style boxes of candy and a spooky DVD or a gift card to purchase a movie from a streaming service. The gifts don’t have to be extravagant, and you can make a small list of people who’ll receive them. The idea is just to create a simple surprise that brightens the Halloween season for the ones you wish you could celebrate with.

  1. Host a bubble party

Hosting a bustling party may not be safe right now, but you can still party with the people in your house or with the other people in your quarantine bubble. “I’m having an immediate family-only Halloween party,” says Kirsten Garrett Hill, a mom of three from Portland, Oregon. “It will have dancing, lots of food and a costume contest. Also, I will have different candy stations around the house so the kids can still trick or treat.”

While it’s true that Halloween won’t be “normal” this year, there are so many ways to update existing traditions and experience the joy of the holiday. With a little creativity, the spookiest day of the year can still be an exciting celebration that brings families, friends and neighbors together, even while they’re standing at least six feet apart.

  1. Have a spooky movie marathon

There are so many classic Halloween movies. Why not watch those instead of trick-or-treating? “My kids and I are each going to pick a movie for the family to watch, and we’re going to spend the afternoon and evening having a movie marathon,” says Anna Lee, a mom of two from Omaha, Nebraska.

To make the night even more fun, they’re also going to dress up in costumes and make special Halloween-themed snacks, like pumpkin pie, banana ghosts with chocolate chip eyes and “mummy dogs” that are hot dogs with biscuit dough wrappings. The options are endless. You could even hold a vote on who picks the best movie or comes up with the best snack. Winner gets a king-sized candy bar?

  1. Make a DIY treat calendar

To make this, simply order a plain wooden advent-style calendar with little drawers. The best part about this idea is that it’s also an art project. Kids can help decide how to decorate it or use their favorite characters and colors to personalize it.

And while these sorts of calendars often have a small candy offered as a treat each day, you can also customize it with small toys, holiday-themed erasers, stickers and other fun, non-candy surprises.

Whatever you choose, please bear in mind that it is still best to just stay home and avoid contact with strangers; especially if you have little kids alone. Organizing your own private Halloween Party will be much safer and special since your kids get to be a part in planning it. Have a spooky Halloween!

Surfing Spots in Gili Trawangan and How to Get There

Surfing Spots in Gili Trawangan and How to Get There

If there’s one thing you can thank Corona for, it’s definitely the chance to spend months in this small paradise call Gilli where everything is beautiful, fragrant, and, most importantly, cheap.

Surfers, admit it, this is a perfect spot to be stranded at. Even if you get a bit bored of surfing on the same spots (eventhough there are plenty amazing waters venture about,) you can always go to the nearby isles like the Nusa Isles and, of course, the Gilis.

While it is not advised to cross-over in the Australian Winter since it brings high tides and grey clouds on to the horizon, you can always put your smiley face on and patiently wait for a better weather. When it finally does get better, you can pack your things and go for a little surf vacation in the Gilis. Here are some of the popular surf spots in the island.

The three small islands that make up Surfing in the Gili Islands — Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air — offer an authentic remote Southeast Asian island experience along with some nice surfing for those willing to make the trek. Surfing Gili Islands has not yet taken off like in some other Indonesian locations such as Bali and Lombok, so crowds are smaller.

The locals are also very laid back, friendly and welcoming towards visiting surfers. As more and more surfers and travellers discover these three beautiful desert islands, expect word to spread and numbers to grow. Although there are efforts in place to keep the islands rustic — there are no motorbikes present — now is the time to take advantage of the Gili Islands’ status before it becomes “the next big thing”.

Though we often refer to the Gili islands collectively, each has its own unique character. While Trawangan or “Gili T” is the most developed, Gili Air offers the most local character and is closest to the large island of Lombok. For those wishing to simply get away from it all, there is Gili Meno, which is where to head for the most authentic desert island experience. The main advantages to surfing the Gilis are the quality of their breaks, the absence of crowds and an desert island experience in a tropical paradise.

Surfing Gili Islands: when and where

– Gili is unusual in that it is the place for those rare right-handers!

– While there are spots that break all year round, the dry season of May to October is best

– Beware of tides because they can make the difference between good surf and none at all

– In general, the Lombok Strait is somewhat fickle, but can provide some excellent surf

– Bring a wetsuit and booties! Coral reefs are nothing to mess around with

Gili Trawangan

Gili T can be a secret blessing when the surf is good. Surfers that can drop fast waves will be rewarded with long rides and big swells with steep barrels in some parts. The spot is a fast right-hand reef-break about 300 meters off the southern end of the island. Surfing can be tricky here and large south-southwest swells are necessary in order to clear the coral, which is also a popular site with snorkelers. The wet season (January – June) can provide 1-2 meter (3-6 foot) swells.

Some key points on surfing Gili Trawangan:

-Good for experienced surfers

-Small to no crowds

-Strong, hollow and fast

-Best during high tides

-Look out for sea urchins and rocks

-Friendly locals

-Lots to do when surf isn’t up.

Gili Air

Another reef break, which like Gili T, is also off the southern tip of the island. A great although somewhat infrequent right-hander, the break here is fast, short hollow and fun. Gili Air is the closest of the islands to Lombok and the break is accessible via a long paddle or you can head there on a boat. Be careful of strong currents and a somewhat treacherous reef.

Surf is best when winds are blowing from the west and northwest, coupled with a large south-southwest swell to create some nice short barrels. The left break also provides some swift close outs or straight-handers. While the surf can be good during all tides, low tide can be treacherous.

Some key points on surfing Gili Air:

– Short and hollow break

– Be careful of reef

– Avoid surfing at low tide

– Friendly locals

– Beautiful views

– Un-crowded

Gili Meno

The break here is known as Secrets and is located 100m off the beach at the island’s southeast corner. When conditions are good, Secrets can provide an impressive swell resulting in a fast, long, hollow right, which can provide some nice walls and barrels at parts. Beware the shallow reef, however, and do not be shy to ask locals for help. The somewhat inconsistent nature of Gili Meno’s surf helps keep the crowds down at Secrets, which can really pay off for those with a bit of patience.

Some key points on surfing Gili Meno:

-Recommended for experienced surfers

–Long hollow walls and tubes

-Helpful locals

-Careful with shallow reef

-Inconsistent, but rewarding

-Rustic desert island atmosphere

There you are, some helpful insights on surfing the three Gilis. If we get your attention now, you can try walking around and find some travel booths that you can see on the sideways. If you see one that’s open, feel free to ask about a round trip to Gili Trawangan.

Last time we went there, it covers pick-up and delivery from and to your door, a round trip, and some snacks on both leaving and coming trips. Do check around on the Covid fares and make sure the travel biro you choose operates on the standard health protocols.

Stay safe and happy surfing!

New Skill I Learn Thanks to Coronavirus

New Skill I Learn Thanks to Coronavirus

The coronavirus-induced lockdowns across much of the world are, in many ways, traumatic. Despite the horrible reality, the new circumstances mean there is added incentive — and perhaps more time — to learn new skills. Yet whether it’s learning how to draw or how to code, the question of how to upskill successfully is tricky, especially where remote learning is involved. However, there will always be a good side during the bad times, thanks to corona virus, I can discover and learn new things that I never imagined before.

  1. Learn a language

An obvious one but what better way to start thinking about all the holidays you’ll be able to take once this is over than by learning the language of the countries you visit. Plus, it’s always useful to have on your CV and if working abroad has been on your mind, then get a head start by picking up the local lingo. Duolingo is a free to download, language learning app that you can spend as little as 10 minutes a day perfecting your Spanish, French, German, Japanese or even Latin. There are 30 languages to choose from and your plan is personalized to your ability across speaking, listening, reading and writing. You can also take virtual language classes too with italki. Users can choose from more than 130 languages to learn from a bank of 10,000 teachers. Each teacher has their own course price, by the hour, and you only pay for the lessons you take. It’s a more focused way of seriously committing to learning to speak fluently. Don’t forget about absorbing vocabulary through TV and film, Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services have many movies, reality TV and documentaries in languages like Korean, Hindi and Tamil, subtitled for support, but it’s a good way to get used to hearing a language in everyday conversation.

  1. Learn to cook

A skill that will need very little investment, improving your culinary prowess or starting from scratch with cooking is simple. There’s plenty of cookbooks to suit every palette, budget and diet. Flick through the pages of Jack Monroe’s brilliant Tin Can Cook: 75 Simple Store-cupboard Recipes for an easy one to start with, using ingredients you’ll already have in the cupboard, or are inexpensive to buy in corner shops, that won’t necessarily involve a trip to the supermarket. In it, Monroe refutes the idea that good food needs to be farm-fresh and expensive, while the recipes are easy-to-follow and rewarding. For coeliac sufferers, Hassle Free, Gluten Free by Jane Devonshire is a no-brainer for even the most amateur of cooks. Devonshire, the 2016 MasterChef winner, developed her skills for cooking without gluten following her son’s diagnosis with coeliac when he was two. Fifteen years later, she has compiled tasty dishes from hors d’oeuvres to dessert, all the while avoiding gluten cross-contamination during food preparation. No wonder it was IndyBest’s top choice for gluten-free cookbooksIf you’re conscious of an expanding waistline with all the sitting down indoors, try working your way through Eat Yourself Healthy by Dr Megan Rossi. Otherwise known as The Gut Health Doctor, Rossi brings her decade of knowledge as a dietician and clinical research to 50 recipes that will inspire your mealtime choices. Think fig and courgette banana loaf, chickpea crepes or tofu skewers, alongside helpful advice on dealing with IBS, bloating and intolerances.

For the more adventurous of cooks and lovers of all things Italian, why not try making your own pasta, for fresh, restaurant-quality plates of carbs, creamy sauces and comfort food. IndyBest loved the KitchenAid 5KSMPRA food mixer attachment pasta maker for how speedy and simple the process was. It’s three attachments that slot into an existing KitchenAid, pricey at £155, but totally worth it for pasta that would make Nonna proud.

  1. Learn to dance

Up your dance game with at-home classes, you can follow along with online, going at your own pace and being right next to a shower when you’ve worked up a sweat. Fly Ldn is a London-based yoga and pilates studio that also offers barre classes. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, it’s running free sessions on Instagram live (@fly_ldn) at 8am, 12:30pm and 6pm every day, with details of the next day’s class posted on Instagram every day. All you need is a makeshift barre (a window sill or even just wall will work) and a bit of space. Brighten up self-isolation with free online dance workshop hosted by the professionals at Sadlers Wells. It’s launched a new platform called Digital Stage where it will present performances and curate classes for children and older people to do at home, from 1 April. The teachers are artists from around the world and alongside the classes, you’ll also be able to watch dance performances from the likes of BalletBoyz and Rumpelstiltskin by balletLORENT, all shows that were due to run at the theatre pre-coronavirus.

  1. Learn to paint or draw

Continuing with a creative outlet, art classes and online tutorials are in abundance, but can also be done off the cuff as long as you have a canvas and colours to work with. Drawspace offers free and paid drawing lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced artists, and cover everything from contour drawing to symmetrical design. YouTube channel WowArt, is also an easy resource to take advantage of during self-isolation with its 30-minute tutorials using household items like cotton buds, toothbrushes and spoons. Watercolour sets, oil-paints and chalks can all be found for little expense online, and are also a useful lesson to incorporate into home-schooling and keep kids of all ages occupied. If all else fails, grab a colouring book. Calligraphy classes are another option to consider, Obby offers free classes and beginner sets of a nib, straight pen and black ink costing £14, which are an affordable way to get started. It’s a great tool to perfect if you’re planning a wedding and want to create the invitations yourself. In light of the coronavirus, it’s also hosting online group watercolour, photography and mandala flower drawing classes from £10 per person for upwards of an hour.

  1. Learn photography

Avid photography fans or those new to the craft can pick up tips, polish existing skills and further your interest with an online photography class. While the newest iPhone has cameras to rival a DSLR, if it’s a skill you want to invest in, IndyBest found the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200EB was well worth the price tag of £629.99. Compact in size but with a huge zoom lens (15x) and excellent battery life makes it spectacularly good for everything from wildlife to sports photography. So when you’re next in the garden, snap away. Once you’ve started shooting, sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud, for a little under £20 a month, you can have access to Photoshop and InDesign, along with other editing tools and access to Adobe tutorials in 20-minute video segments for you to follow along to.

  1. Learn to code

If coding is completely new to you, start with an online class such as Code Academy, which offers free classes and paid monthly memberships from £15.99 where you’ll be set projects, have access to step-by-step guidance by coding experts and peer support from other students, all without leaving the sofa. If it’s something you want to do together with your kids, try Detective Dot, for eight-year-olds and older, is focused on encouraging women to work in tech rather than the stereotypical dream of being a princess. The megapack for £18.99 includes a storybook that doubles as a lesson in coding, six STEM-based missions, stickers sheets, a personalised letter from the mock-CIA, membership card and a lifetime CIA membership to online missions and games.

  1. Learn to do make-up

If the boredom is setting in and you’re missing your beauty appointments for a touch of TLC, try teaching yourself to master nail art. Michelle Lee, editor-in-chief of beauty bible, Allure magazine, is a nail art aficionado who regularly posts her nail tutorials on Instagram, from the surreal goldfish patterns to bold tie-dye prints on polished fingers, often using only nail polish. As mesmerising as they are impressive, it’s a never-ending page of inspiration. While there are many makeup schools online to dust up on your smoky eye and colour matching skills, the best place we’d recommend is YouTube. Everything is free and there’s no shortage of experts to watch. Lisa Eldridge, pro makeup artist and global creative director for Lancôme, creates easy-to-follow tutorials for wearable looks using a mix of high end and affordable products from a woman who has touched every corner of the industry from editorial shoots to creating her own line of lipsticks – which FYI, are excellent. There’s also the big YouTube makeup stars, such as Chloe Morello, Nikkie Tutorials, Alissa Ashley, Jackie Aina and Nyma Tang who have hours of videos to binge on that will help pass the time, while you pick up a few tips along the way.

  1. Learn arts and crafts

If you’re budget and time conscious, then learning origami is an inexpensive and easy way to fill your time, while doing something productive. Origami.me is a helpful resource that has more than 120 models that you fold using just paper, from animals to food and drink objects that will brighten up a window sill. Knitting is also a simple skill that can be mastered while you relax on the sofa. Head to LoveCrafts for everything from patterns, needles, tips and tricks, yarn and hooks in one handy place. It has a detailed editorial section too with inspiration on projects to start, new techniques and seasonal designs such as Father’s Day gifts or egg cosies for Easter.

The coronavirus outbreak may have caused worry and uncertainty throughout the globe, but there’s no point driving yourself stir crazy while locked away at home. By choosing to teach yourself a new skill, your time in self-isolation could not only be over before you know it, but you could also significantly benefit your life and career as well.

 

BALI’S TOURISM BUSINESSES ARE RESTARTING THEIR ENGINE

News update!

Bali tourism has received domestic tourists visits since July 31. This is a breath of fresh air for Balinese tourism businesses, whose businesses have suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Hotel General Manager Association (IHGMA) Bali, I Made Ramia Adnyana, said that tourism in Bali has revived. Since the second day, it is said that 4,000 domestic tourists have come.

Hotels have started to expand since the opening of tourism, for local people in Bali on July 9, 2020. We can see this from 2 days after the opening to the domestic market that it has penetrated 4,000 arrivals at Ngurah Rai International Airport. The chairman of IHGMA DPD Bali, I Nyoman Astama, also said the same. According to him, this can provide enthusiasm and hope for employers and workers that the tourism sector can recover soon.

The breath of Bali’s tourism life has started to blow. This gives enthusiasm and hope for the tourism business and is welcomed positively by tourism entrepreneurs and workers. Thanks to that, the hotel occupancy rate in Bali as a whole has increased even though it is still below 10%. However, hotels and villas that have remote locations such as in Pemuteran (North of Bali) and Nusa Lembongan Island are considered to have occupancy sometimes reaching 70%.

Even though the overall occupancy rate is still single digits or below 10%, several hotels and villas that have strategic and unique locations have enjoyed a dozen percent or 2 digits of room occupancy rates. Villa is a type of accommodation service that is unique and suitable for oxidation during COVID because the fact that villas are far from one another, physical distance elements have entered. Cleanliness and sanitation standards are also very important because guests pay more at villas.

It is predicted that the target of visiting foreign tourists can be achieved in 2025

Nyoman said that if this condition continues, the number of tourists who come can continue to increase. However, he did not want to target too high, only hoping that the hotel occupancy rate could touch 30% by the end of the year. If this momentum continues, hotel occupancy can continue to tens of percent and it is estimated that by the end of the year it will touch 30 percent.

 

How to get to Bali now?

Currently, tourists cannot be as easy as usual to visit Bali because there are several conditions that must be obeyed. One of them is that tourists must fill out biodata on the LOVEBALI application before leaving for Bali.

Instructions for the LOVEBALI application can be accessed on the https://lovebali.baliprov.go.id page. Tourism accommodation entrepreneurs in Bali must ensure that every tourist has filled out the LOVEBALI application. After arrived, tourists must activate the Global Positioning System (GPS) on their cellphones (HP). This was done as an effort to protect and safeguard tourists. That is important for tracing tourists, if something unexpected happens, the scene of the incident can be directly traced.

Here are the other conditions that tourists must comply with if they want to visit Bali:

 

  1. Show a negative COVID-19 certificate through a PCR-based swab test or rapid test no later than 14 days after the letter was issued.
  2. Tourists who have shown a negative certificate are no longer required to carry out a PCR-based swab test or rapid test in Bali unless they experience clinical symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. Tourists who are unable to produce a negative COVID-19 certificate are required to have a rapid test in Bali. If the results are reactive, tourists must take the PCR-based swab test in Bali. While waiting for the results, tourists will be quarantined at the designated place.
  4. The cost of rapid tests, swab tests, quarantine or health facilities is the responsibility of tourists.

 

Then, is Bali safe to visit?

Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Hotel General Manager Association (IHGMA) DPD Bali, I Made Ramia Adnyana, said that visiting Bali are guaranteed to be safe because they apply health protocols based on cleanliness, health, safety, and environment (CHSE).

The Balinese government and the entrepreneurs have prepared and implemented a CHSE-based health protocol to ensure that tourists are safe to travelling in Bali. Of course, it is very important that stakeholders are consistent and committed to implementing the health protocol as determined by the government.

The entrepreneurs have obtained a standard operating procedure (SOP) foundation from the Regency Government to run a tourism business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Badung Regency Government on June 4, 2020, through Circular Number 259/2020 swiftly and anticipatively issued a legal basis for tourism businesses to implement SOPs that must be implemented in post-COVID-19 tourism management.

In order for the health protocol policy to run well, the visitors have to comply with the rules that have been set when traveling in Bali. What is no less important is that tourists travel responsibly (travel responsibly).

 

Bali as one of the new normal favourite touristic destination

Meanwhile, the well-known travel start-up from Germany, Tourlane, on April 8, 2020, released research results, one of which remains Bali as the most popular island in the world.

This determination uses the search method of the number of hashtags on Instagram. During several periods of research carried out, Bali Island became the most sought-after destination with a total of 60,473,066 hashtags. This number surpassed Ibiza Island, Spain, in second place with hashtags of 16,320,328, and the island of Sicily, Italy, in third with 12,974,059 hashtags.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, Wishnutama Kusubandio welcomed the research results. This determination further motivated Indonesia to grow new Bali-Bali in addition to increasing Bali tourism to be more friendly and sustainable So far, Bali is known in the world as a natural and cultural tourist destination. The attraction of Bali lies in its beautiful landscapes, as well as the traditions and culture of its unique people.

The strength of tradition and culture in Bali is undoubtedly the reason why tourists come besides its natural beauty. So, it’s no wonder, Bali is very popular in the world. However, Wishnutama also reminded that even though Bali has been popular, there is still a lot of homework to do. Especially after the Covid-19 epidemic, tourism trends will change, leading to tourism that focuses on the health and comfort of tourists. The people of Bali continue to collaborate to improve ourselves in facing new travel trends, including issues of waste management, sanitation, hygiene and comfort. Balinese people also have a high awareness of clean tourism.

The determination of Bali as the most popular destination in the world is not the first time it has been obtained. Previously, the Island of the Gods was ranked in the top 24 cities in the world as the TripAdvisor version of the World’s Best Destination 2017. In addition, several international sites and associations have also named Bali as the best between Travel and Leisure, World Travel Awards, Conde Nast Traveller, to the UNWTO Awards.

So, are you ready for this season? Let’s hope for the best, to be soon recovered, so that we could go and see each other again. Of course, while maintaining the health protocol… see ya!

 

 

 

HOW TO DISCOVER HAPPINESS IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Our happiness in life often changes depending on what life events we face at that time. Our happiness can be significantly reduced when we face a traumatic event or a difficult time in life.

The good news is that although mood levels are partly determined by factors such as genetics and nurture, most of our happiness is in our own control. Learning how to respond during difficult times is something that takes practice, but when you learn how to manage your mind-set, nothing that happens around you will be able to control your happiness.

The ways below are simple things that you can apply so that you can live a thriving and resilient life, where you can face difficult times and of course stay happy.

Part 1, determine what happiness means to you. The first step in the process of having a happy life is to determine what is important to you and what you value in life that gives you happiness.

Happiness can only come into your life when you can ‘fully accept’ your condition, and you choose to be the best you can be. Until the time you are ready to live a happy life even though sometimes in your life it is totally out of plan.

Part 2, understand how happiness works for you. We all have different personalities and this means that for some of us, we feel easier to be happy. The level of happiness in someone’s life depends on their vision of what is a “good life”. Once a person completes this, it is easier for them to identify what they can do to bring happiness into their lives. Happiness is a consequence of what we do and how we behave. Taking action and doing something different in a more positive way is more likely to bring happiness into your life.

Part 3, choose to be around the right people. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want. Having a positive and healthy relationship in life is the key to living a happy life. That will lead you to feel gratitude for your life. Don’t you want to spend time with people who ‘suck’ your happiness? A positive and healthy relationship is where you find support and strength to face difficult times in life.

Part 4, you can maintain happiness and make the most out of this crisis. All you have to do is to be present and quiet your mind. The present moment is the only moment we truly have because the future is imagined. Fear only exists in the future, and the definition of fear is the anticipation of pain.

Once you learn my strategies for maintaining your happiness in the present, being happy in the future follows as a result. How can we focus on the present not only when things are going really well, but when things suck, too? The answer: practice being happy. Anything you practice becomes a habit, and habits become permanent unless we consciously change them. We’re practicing something all the time through our habits, even when we’re not really thinking about it.

You have to prioritize being happy, no matter what is going on in life; whether you win or lose, succeed, or experience temporary setbacks, whether everything is the way you have always dreamed or if you are still on the road to your next major destination. And also, commitment to be the best person you can be is important for maintaining happiness in your life.

Remember, happiness is something that you create by yourself. Caring for your body, mind, and feelings of well-being is very important so that you become a person who remains happy even in difficult times. The happiest people aren’t the luckiest, wealthiest, or best looking; the happiest people are those who make a daily effort to be happy.