TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bali governor Wayan Koster on Monday said his city is ready to welcome international tourists, which include Japanese tourists following plans to introduce a Japan-Bali direct flight soon.
“We have preconditioned and tightened our health protocol through a number of common policies with the Bali province for international tourists,” said Koster in a virtual limited meeting at Denpasar on December 7.
The meeting was attended by Indonesian Ambassador for Japan, Heri Akhmadi, and Garuda Indonesia President Director Irfan Setiaputra. The meeting discussed the current situation in both Bali and Japan upon considering the possibility of reopening Bali’s tourism for Japanese nationals.
Governor Koster assured that Bali’s tourism industry will help guarantee that they operate under strict health protocols if given the opportunity to reopen the tourism between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia president Irfan Setiaputra said the flag-carrier is prepared to operate the Bali-Japan traditional flight route and cited a survey that showed the interest of international tourists towards Bali remains high.