Responding to the Impact of Rising Fuel Prices, Kemenparekraf Prepares Social Assistance for Tourism Actors

Impact of rising fuel prices

At the beginning of September, the public was shocked by the news of the increase in fuel oil (BBM). This increase will almost certainly have an impact on the economy of the community. Not only in the food sector and basic household needs, rising fuel prices also have an impact on various sectors, including tourism. Responding to the impact of rising fuel prices, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has prepared social assistance for tourism actors. Quoted from travel.seconds (6/9/2022), Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno said that now his party was calculating the impact of the increase.

“We are now carefully calculating the impact. As of today, of course, what gets the most hit is the increase in the prices of supplier materials, especially for creative economy products," he said in a weekly meeting with the media, Monday (5/9/2022) yesterday.

It is suspected that the price of creative products has increased by up to 20%

It is estimated that creative economy products will experience a price increase of up to 20 percent as a result of the increase in fuel prices. "And the results of our brief discussion with the Senior Deputy Governor yesterday in Dieng with an increase to Rp. 10.000 for pertalite and diesel fuel at Rp. 7.600, we see that the potential increase in the prices of local creative economy products, especially culinary, craft, and fashion is The anticipated average is between 10-20 percent," explained the number one person at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.

Tourism is affected

Furthermore, he mentioned the transportation sector as one of the components in business tour also affected by the increase in fuel prices. Therefore, his party is currently carrying out a comprehensive calculation as an anticipation step for the impact of the policy. “This transportation is one of the components of tourism and the creative economy that is heavily affected. So we are calculating it comprehensively and we want to anticipate how much impact it will have on tourism products and also the creative economy," he explained further.

Kemenparekraf prepares social assistance

Later, the results of these calculations will be taken into consideration, including if necessary social assistance is distributed to tourism and creative economy actors. This assistance will be prioritized for vulnerable communities. “We will collect this data, we will submit it to the Director General of Finance if social support is needed for creative tourism actors, especially those in vulnerable communities. Those whose income is below IDR 5 million or below IDR 3 million a month are definitely the most affected by this increase," he concluded.

Meanwhile, BBM officially went up on September 3, 2022 and then at 14.30 WIB. Quoted from The government was forced to increase the price of fuel because the subsidies provided so far have not been well targeted. President Jokowi said that more than 70% of the subsidy was actually enjoyed by the well-to-do class, namely private car owners. "State money should be prioritized to provide subsidies to the underprivileged and at this time the government must make a decision in a difficult situation for the government, namely diverting fuel subsidies," said the head of state. (y)

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