TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio announced today, October 14, that the central government would disburse a Rp3.3 trillion grant for tourism businesses and regional administrations.
“The main goal of this tourism grant is to help regional governments and the hotel and restaurant industry that are facing financial issues and trying to recover from revenue (regional income or PAD) loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic until December 2020,” said Wishnutama on Wednesday, October 14.
The grant funds, he added, could be used to improve the implementation of the health protocol at tourist destinations in order to create a sense of security and convenience for tourists and help the industry to survive the pandemic.
The funds would be sourced from the Finance Ministry in the National Economic Recovery program.
Additionally, the ministry allocated a budget of Rp119 billion to provide free cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental sustainability (CHSE) certification for the tourism industry players across 34 provinces of Indonesia, which aimed at regaining the public trust in travel.
“So tourism businesses, hotel, and restaurant managers can immediately improve the preparation in cleanliness, health, and security protocols in accordance with the COVID-19 health protocol,” Wishnutama said.