Increasing Tourism Hopes For Indonesia

Indonesia yesterday reported its lowest number of daily new Covid-19 infections since August last year and relaxed restrictions further in Bali and Java helping to increase hopes that foreign tourists will be allowed back to some areas of the country later this year.

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Senior cabinet minister Luhut Pandjaitan was reported to have said that new cases are now 98% less than at the peak and that measured by the World Health Organisation standards the outbreak is now under control.

Last week the Indonesia government said that if conditions continue to improve, Bali would welcome back foreign tourists from as early as November.

Indonesia has always targeted Bali as the first destination to reopen in the country. The island location makes movement control far easier as well as being able to ensure sufficient numbers of local residents have been vaccinated.

Thailand used Phuket as its first pilot destination and Vietnam is looking at Phu Quoc for its reopening for the same reasons.

Source: Reuters

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