The Limited Meeting (ratas) led by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at Wisma Diklat of the Ministry of Public Works and People’s Housing of Werdhapura, Sanur, Bali, on Friday (22/12) night, has decided to abolish or revoke Bali’s emergency response status since Gunung Agung in Karangasem Regency is AWAS.
“Bali is really ready to receive tourists and the most important thing decided by the President, who will also be conveyed by the Governor that the term or status of the emergency response is abolished or revoked, no more,” said the Cabinet Secretary (Seskab) Pramono Anung told reporters after the ratas.
With the revocation, the government hoped not to create multi-interpretation for the state which has long assumed that the emergency response status made them “fear” so they issued travel ban.
Added Seskab, as evidence of Bali safe to visit, then Vice President Jusuf Kalla and family on December 29, 2017 to January 1, 2018 will vacation there, spending new year on the Island of the Gods.
“This shows that Bali is really safe,” said Pramono.
Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism (Menpar) Arief Yahya who accompanied Seskab Pramono Anung said, the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali, which usually an average of 15,000, and had dropped to 2,000, today has reached 12,300.
“So approximately 80% of normal conditions. So, I ask the media colleagues here to maintain this conducive atmosphere that Bali is normal, “said Minister.
According Menpar, Bali is normal except the area that 2-8 kilometers (from Mount Agung, red) is no longer need to be discussed. He added that even the term emergency response was revoked.
Furthermore, because Bali is normal, according to Menpar, the government will conduct a large-scale promotion that will run during this quarter. (GUN / DNS / RAH / ES).