The latest news is back from the Island of the Gods. Although the price of plane tickets shot up, the number of tourists to Bali rose. Of course, this news is a breath of fresh air for tourists in Indonesia Bali after the last pandemic it was so quiet.
Number of tourists to Bali Rises
Quoted from Business Coil, (24/8/2022), Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno said the number of tourists to Bali had increased significantly. "In fact, the number of visits to Bali has increased, now the level is above 9 thousand," he said on Tuesday, August 16, after attending the annual session of the MPR/DPR. In addition to the Island of the Gods, the number of foreign tourists to Labuan Bajo and other Super Priority Tourism Destinations (DPSP) has also increased.
In order to increase the recovery of the tourism sector in Indonesia, his party collaborated with the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi to increase the number of flights and the availability of aircraft seats. This step needs to be taken considering the increase in airline tickets that has been widely reported recently due to limited seats and the number of flights. This additional step is also a move to anticipate the surge in airplane passengers which is predicted to occur in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year-end holidays.
Furthermore, Sandiaga hopes that the price of plane tickets will return to a downward slope in the next few months given the declining avtur prices. "Hopefully, with the aviation fuel price which is now gradually decreasing, we hope this will also make ticket prices more affordable in the next few months," he concluded.
Questioning ticket prices
Meanwhile, the increase in airfare prices has received attention from President Joko Widodo. The head of state even asked to immediately stabilize the price of airline tickets. "Yesterday, during the 2022 National Coordination Meeting for Inflation Control at the State Palace, the President explicitly requested that flight ticket prices be stabilized because this has an important impact on controlling our inflation," said SOE Minister Erick Tohir in Jakarta, Friday (19/8/2022) then.
In order to stabilize the price of airline tickets, the Ministry of SOEs also took quick steps by asking PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) to increase flight frequencies. This is so that the increase in the number of aircraft passengers can be achieved.cover, so the price can go down again.
Erick also coordinated with the Ministry of Transportation. He even fully supports the ministry led by Budi Karya Sumadi to involve various stakeholders including local governments to ensure passenger occupancy, provide subsidies, as well as other incentives. In addition to the central and regional governments as well as state-owned enterprises, to reduce the price of airline tickets also requires coordination with the private sector.
“With a comprehensive collaboration, we are optimistic that we can immediately stabilize air ticket prices. This will certainly have a big impact on the activities and the economy of our community, who really need this mode of air transportation," he said as quoted by Antara detik. travel August 20, 2022. (y)