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Foreign Tourist Visits in Batam Dropped, Ministry of Tourism Calls it Needs Image Restoration

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Batam, visits by foreign tourists are in freefall. the number of foreign tourist visits decreased again in June 2020.

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Deputy for Tourism Products and Organizing Events in Ministry of Tourism ( Kemenpar) Republic of Indonesia, Rizki Handayani asked Batam City Government to make economic recovery efforts in the tourism sector by hooking up local tourists. 

Editor: Putri Larasati Anggiawan

TRIBUNBATAM.id, BATAM - Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Batam, visits by foreign tourists are in freefall.

In fact, a decrease in the number of foreign tourists occurs almost every month.

The latest data from Batam City Central Statistics Agency (BPS) shows that the number of foreign tourist visits decreased again in June 2020.

There were only 1,785 visits or a decrease of 0.72 percent from the previous month.

When compared with June last year or before Covid-19 hit, the number of foreign tourists visiting decreased by 98.98 percent.

This condition also received attention from Deputy for Tourism Products and Organizing Events in Ministry of Tourism (Kemenpar) Republic of Indonesia, Rizki Handayani or familiarly called Kiki.

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According to her, Batam City Government must immediately restore its image so that the tourism sector in Batam is again trusted by foreign or domestic tourists.

"Image restoration can be done by communicating programs related to the implementation of health protocols in all tourist objects," said Kiki, after a tourism seminar at Palm Spring Batam, Saturday (12/9/2020).

In addition, Kiki also said that Batam City Government could make economic recovery efforts in the tourism sector by hooking up local tourists.

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