Bali Tourism global vision for small & medium sized travel companies

The countdown for TIME 2023 on the Island of the Gods began. “Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, Bali, is “getting the honor” of hosting another prestigious international event”, said Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana, Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board.

TIME 2023 is the first Global Tourism SME Executive Summit by the World Tourism Network (WTN). It will be taking place at the Renaissance Resort and Spa, Uluwatu, Bali, on September 29–30, 2023.

This summit will highlight the essential role that small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) play in the global travel and tourism industries.

The Hawaii-based founder and chairman of WTN, Juergen Steinmetz, said: “We’re very excited to meet in Bali and learn from our Indonesian friends about their challenges, achievements, and plans in including SMEs in their prominent role within their overall tourism structure. I am hopeful our first executive summit will be more than inspiring and will lay the foundation of numerous new WTN interest groups and activities.”

“We also hope members of the tourism industry in Bali will join WTN in record numbers, to enable Indonesia to play a leading role in our global structure.“ he added.

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Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Supports Levy for Foreign Tourists in Bali

The Bali Provincial Government is planning to impose a fee of Rp 150,000, or approximately 10 US dollars, per person for foreign tourists visiting Bali. This fee is a contribution towards the conservation of Bali’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as the enhancement of Bali’s tourism quality in a sustainable manner.

This measure is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, which will help convey the purpose of this fee. Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno stated that the Ministry will spare no effort in presenting a positive narrative regarding the fee as part of Bali’s efforts towards high-quality and culturally sustainable tourism.

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Amsterdam, Venice, Bali choose environment over tourism. Added tax, no cruise ships.

ourist hotspots don’t normally try to reduce visitor numbers, but a growing number are now looking to do so. Why? Because of overtourism and the implications it has for preserving historic sites, air pollution and looking after nature.

Amsterdam joins Venice as the latest destination to consider restricting tourist levels through bans of cruise ships in its city centres. While the plan has been approved by the city council, the changes have yet to be enacted. Still, the measure is a sign of how cities are balancing tourism and environmental concerns.

“The polluting cruise is not in line with Amsterdam’s sustainable ambitions,” Ilana Rooderkerk of the D66 party, which introduced a motion to close the city’s central cruise ship terminal, told Bloomberg. “Cruise ships in the city centre also do not fit in with the task of combating mass tourism.’’

Amsterdam has one of Europe’s biggest cruise ports, and the city receives more than 1 million tourists in an average month – exceeding its population of 800,000.

On top of this, one big cruise ship can produce the same levels of nitrogen oxides in one day as 30,000 trucks, according to independent research and consultancy business CE Delft.

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Bali announces $10 entry fee for tourists

Tourists visiting Bali will be charged $10 (AED37), starting February 2024.

The move is part of the tropical island’s efforts to “clean up its tourism scene,” as per a report by Bloomberg.

Come February, tourists must pay 150,000 rupiah ($10) per person for each entry to the island.

These funds will then be used for the conservation of coral reefs, mangroves and other sustainable projects, Tjokorda Bagus Pemayun, head of tourism office, said in a Thursday interview.

The fee must be paid before or at the time of arrival, however, the rest of the details still under discussion, Pemayun said.

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Bali welcomes tourists without quarantine as South-East Asian countries continue to scrap travel restrictions

Jessica Gordon is happy she could holiday in Bali last week.

“Bali is like a second home to me,” said the 32-year-old interior designer from Brisbane.

Ms Gordon arrived in the tourist hotspot via Singapore from Australia last Sunday, after she discovered she could visit Indonesia without having to quarantine.

“I’m actually going to visit my grandmother who is unwell in Surabaya, but could only enter through Bali because it is the only airport that offered visa on arrival,” she said.

Ms Gordon last visited Bali in 2019 but before the pandemic, she went to the island almost every year.

She said she was not worried about the current COVID-19 situation in Indonesia.

“I love Bali and want to support the beautiful people here,” she said.


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The subtle evolution from bleisure to workations

I was recently on a trip to Aruba, in the Caribbean. I initially wanted to book a week-long leisure trip at some kind of all-inclusive beach resort but figured I might as well extend my stay and bring my computer along for some work, too. So I opted for a fully-furnished condo. Unusual? Not at all, according to many recent studies.

The Rise in Workations

BCD Travel’s research recently found that 85% of workers in the US are looking for a mix of remote and office work in the future. This recent pandemic clearly demonstrated it is possible to work efficiently from home or wherever there is a good wifi connexion and access to business amenities. Zoom, Teams or Meet, anyone?

So how is that any different to bleisure, a trend we have been seeing growing in recent years?

Bleisure usually relates to a business trip to which a leisure component is added. Think of folks attending in conference in New Orleans, Paris or Bangkok, and deciding to add a couple of days to the trip in order to make the most of their trip. Perhaps bringing a spouse along.

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6 main ethical concerns of service robots and human interaction

Around the world, a lot of people have lost their jobs during the pandemic. In parallel, automation, AI, and the usage of robots are becoming more and more frequent. Indeed, the health situation has increased firms’ digitalization and automatization processes. In the past, when automation has eliminated jobs, companies created new ones to meet their needs. This, however, is no longer the case. Indeed, as automation lets companies do more with fewer people, successful companies do not need as many workers. As pointed out by Semuels (2020), in 1964 the most valuable company in the U.S. was AT&T with 758,611 employees. The most valuable company today is Apple, which has around 137,000 employees.

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Here Are The Top Food Tech And Sustainability Predictions For 2022

If the word of 2021 was unpredictable, the word of 2022 is impermanence.

From rising food prices to continued supply chain woes, decades-high inflation, worker shortages due to Covid and working conditions, and our climate, our food system is in crisis. McKinsey estimates that 73 million jobs will be eliminated due to automation by 2030, including the food production and manufacturing sectors.

To persevere through these converging crises, human rights and planetary health is moving center of plate. From food policy to innovation and investing, the considerations of these trends drove my top predictions for 2022.


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6 trends shaping food and beverage growth in 2022

As many consumers hope for a fresh start in 2022, the ongoing pandemic will play a major role in shaping food and beverage trends regardless of whether COVID-19 itself finally becomes a thing of the past.

The virus’ effect will be especially noticeable in health and wellness, with functional ingredients such as adaptogens, nootropics and CBD making their way into new product categories.

Plant-based meat, which has seen tremendous growth during the past two years, will continue to evolve, with more progress made on the form and texture of products. And Generation Z is maturing into adulthood and will shape trends with its interest in ethical sourcing, sustainability and local food.

The new year also is expected to provide a boost to private label as inflation, a draw-down in savings and better-quality products attract new consumers to the category or bring back those who chose to stock up on more familiar brand names throughout the pandemic. Meanwhile, CPGs that are not only facing higher expenses but also supply-chain disruptions will continue to see ongoing labor shortages disrupt their operations.

After conversations with industry experts and analysts, here is a breakdown of the six biggest trends that Food Dive predicts will impact the food and beverage industry in 2022.

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Angka Kesembuhan COVID-19 Terus Meningkat dengan Kasus Aktif yang Konsisten Turun

Hari ini, angka kesembuhan COVID-19 kembali menunjukkan tren kenaikan. Data Kemenkes menunjukkan angka kesembuhan mencapai 46.669, lebih tinggi dari kemarin (4/3) yang di 40.462. Angka kesembuhan hari ini juga lebih tinggi dari kasus konfirmasi yang hari ini berada di posisi 30.156. Sementara itu, kasus aktif juga mengalami penurunan secara konsisten dan hari ini menyentuh 500.418, atau turun sebesar 16.835 kasus aktif dibanding kemarin (4/3) yang tercatat di angka 517.253. Sementara itu, angka keterisian tempat tidur di rumah sakit juga masih bertahan di posisi 31% dari kapasitas nasional, sama seperti kemarin.

“Dari pantuan kondisi penanganan pandemi COVID-19 secara harian maupun mingguan, meskipun beberapa indikator menunjukkan angka yang positif secara konsisten, namun kita masih perlu kerja keras dan kerja sama semua pihak agar pandemi bisa terkendali seperti yang diharapkan,” ujar dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi M.Epid., Juru Bicara Vaksinasi COVID-19 Kemenkes.

Pemerintah terus mengupayakan agar pandemi COVID-19 di Indonesia dapat terkendali. Salah satu indikator yang terus dipantau adalah positivity rate dengan target di bawah 5%. Positivity rate pada Jumat (4/3) lalu berada di posisi 13,58%, turun dari angka 17,43% di Kamis (3/3). Dengan begitu, rata-rata positivity rate mingguan berubah menjadi 15,87%, berkurang dari posisi sebelumnya di angka 16,49%.

“Mempertimbangkan rentannya lansia yang terinfeksi COVID-19 menjadi bergejala berat dan berisiko fatal, maka pemerintah mengimbau agar lansia berkonsultasi ke dokter dan ke rumah sakit untuk menerima perawatan. Langkah ini juga penting untuk membantu menekan angka kematian terutama pada golongan lansia,” ujar dr. Nadia.

Sementara itu untuk masyarakat umum lainnya, apabila terinfeksi COVID-19 dan tanpa gejala (OTG) maupun bergejala ringan, bisa dirawat isolasi mandiri (isoman) di rumah maupun di isolasi terpusat (isoter) yang disediakan pemerintah. Fasilitas pelayanan kesehatan dan tenaga kesehatan baik di puskesmas, isoter, maupun konsultasi jarak jauh menggunakan fasilitas telemedisin bisa dimanfaatkan masyarakat dengan gejala ringan ataupun OTG.

“Pemerintah juga terus memperluas dan mempercepat cakupan vaksinasi primer dua dosis ditambah vaksinasi lanjutan (booster), guna memperkuat pertahanan masyarakat dari infeksi COVID-19, terutama dari gejala berat dan risiko kematian,” tutup dr. Nadia.

Hotline Virus Corona 119 ext 9. Berita ini disiarkan oleh Biro Komunikasi dan Pelayanan Masyarakat, Kementerian Kesehatan RI. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut dapat menghubungi nomor hotline Halo Kemenkes melalui nomor hotline 1500-567, SMS 081281562620, faksimili (021) 5223002, 52921669, dan alamat email [email protected].

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