As part of an effort to revive the country’s tourism industry, the Work From Bali initiative may later be replicated in other popular tourist areas in Indonesia, including Lombok and Sumbawa in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
The possibility is a breath of fresh air for NTB officials amid the COVID-19 pandemic, who plan on following Bali’s lead in prepping the region to better comply with health protocols and by vaccinating tourism workers.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said, “It doesn’t rule out the possibility that other tourist regions will see the same policy implemented, such as Work From Lombok or Work From Labuan Bajo.”
The initiative require participation of civil servants from seven ministries under the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment.
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said at a press briefing this week that the plan to promote remote work from Indonesia’s popular tourist destinations is still currently focused on Bali.
Officials are targeting the involvement of about a quarter of civil servants working in those ministries, which would essentially guarantee higher occupancy rates for hotels in the Nusa Dua complex.