Bali tourism minister urges airlines to add more flights to protect economy from recession

During a press conference, the Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno, revealed his plans in recession-proof Bali.

He explained to the media how he and his teams will modify their 2023 plan in light of the changing nature of the global economy. He advised Indonesia to stay ahead of the curve to mitigate the impact of the impending global recession on the country’s tourism industry.

In his opening remarks, Minister Uno explained how the world’s three largest economies – North America, China and Europe – are all expected to experience recessions in 2023. He stated“Of course, this will have an impact on people’s spending, especially in the tourism sector. Therefore, we immediately made adjustments in terms of focusing on the development of tourism and the creative economy, especially foreign tourists.

He pointed out that Indian, Australian and New Zealand tourists are showing increasing interest in visiting Indonesia. Malaysia and Singapore also continue to grow, he said. Adjustments needed to help the tourism industry weather the economic downturn include marketing initiatives such as its collaboration with Airbnb and providing more direct flights to major tourist attractions in the country such as Bali, according to Minister Uno.

He explained, “There have been several direct foreign flights from Qatar and Dubai which have already delivered. We also want additions from Singapore and several ASEAN countries. This is what we are trying to do in the first quarter of this year. in collaboration with the airlines and the Ministry of Transport so that the market is very this potential also includes India being served by direct flights, in particular to the two main destinations, namely Denpasar and Jakarta, perhaps later, it may be added to other destinations”.

There have been rumors that direct flights from Mumbai and the Chinese mainland will start operating in 2023, but neither the airlines nor the Ministry of Transport have made an official announcement.

Minister Uno is determined to ensure that the development of the tourism industry is not limited to Bali. He prioritized five areas for tourism growth. These include Labuan Bajo in the Flores Islands and Lake Toba in Sumatra.

He is still optimistic about the possibilities of the Indonesian economy in 2023, despite the threat of a global recession. “Indonesia will continue to grow by around 5%. Of course, we must focus on encouraging the movement of domestic tourists to reach the target number of 1.2 billion to 1.4 billion. We will greatly encourage the movement of domestic tourists,” the minister said.

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