Batam City Government Supports Nongsa-Singapore Travel Corridor Plan

We understand this policy to restore tourism amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Batam (medialnews) – The government of the Riau Islands Batam city is supporting the central plan to open limited borders through the Travel Corridor Arrangement between Singapore and the Nongsa tourist area in the region.

“If the central government has decided, then we will support whatever the policy. Including the TCA,” the head of the Culture and Tourism Office of the city of Batam Ardiwinata in Batam said on Saturday.

However, he stressed, if ACT were implemented, it would require standard operating procedures (SOPs) so that the policy of catering tourism does not backfire.

Don’t let this policy actually worsen the conditions for the spread of COVID-19 in the areas designated in the ATT. Therefore, the detrimental effects of opening the doors to tourism should also be taken into account.

“We understand this policy to restore tourism amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy with Disbudpar Batam and tourism stakeholders had a meeting to discuss preparations for the Batam Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA) on Friday (7/5).

Ardi said the Batam tourist gate is in fact ready to be opened.

And as a serious step towards implementing the policy, the government is providing vaccines to local tourism stakeholders.

The government of the city of Batam is also still focused on treating COVID-19, tightening health protocols.

Meanwhile, Riau Islands Regional Secretary TS Arif Fadillah said of 1,913 Nongsa Sensatiun tourism stakeholders targeted, 1,812 of them had been vaccinated, up to 94.7 percent.

Also read: Menparekraf: Tourism in Batam and Bintan is ready to open
Also Read: President Jokowi welcomes ACT implementation plan with Malaysia
Read also: Singapore opens a business travel bubble for all countries from January

Journalist: Yuniati Jannatun Naim
Editor: Biqwanto Situmorang

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