JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – After explore the travel bubble with Singapore, now Indonesia aimed to set up a travel link with China and Uni Arab Emirates (UAE) to roiled out the businesses after hit by the pandemic, said foreign minister last week. As known, Indonesian tourism sector has been hit by the virus and loss US$1.5 billion in the first quarter of 2020.
At the virtual meeting, Retno Marsudi and her counterpart, Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, discussed on the Corridor Travel Arrangement cooperation plan, which is expected to be finalized soon. Essential business travel activities in accordance with health protocols are expected to boost safe and productive economic activity between the two countries.
Both also discussed cooperation in accelerating economic recovery through restoring the movement of import and export flows, continuing development of national strategic projects and investment projects involving China in Indonesia. In addition, the ministers talked about the cooperation between state-owned drug maker, PT Biofarma and Sinovac to produce COVID-19 vaccine.
While, with the UAE, Indonesia have agreed to establish a temporary safe travel corridor to facilitate travel between the two countries for essential business and commercial, economic, diplomatic, and official purposes. This agreement is part of both countries’ efforts to contain COVID-19 and to accelerate the economic recovery.
According to Airports Council International, global passenger traffic declined by 91.3 percent in May compared to last year (YoY) as a result of the ongoing of the virus outbreak. This is slightly above the worst decline of global passenger numbers in the history of the aviation industry of -94.4 percent which was recorded in the previous month.
“In the Asia Pacific and North American regions, there were signs for optimism with the data showing some early improvement in domestic passenger traffic, but international traffic continued to be practically non-existent in May,” said the world director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira in the latest report.
Global international and domestic markets posted unprecedented declines for a second month in a row, falling by -98.6 percent and -85.3 percent, respectively. The average for the international segment was recorded at -20.2 percent and the domestic segment at -18.5 percent YoY.
Domestic passenger markets remain severely but North America and Asia Pacific have shown signs of a slow recovery. North America posting a -88.8 percent decline while Asia Pacific recorded a -73.2 percent drop in domestic passengers. Other regions all recorded declines above -90 percent in May.
Worldwide, 40 percent of all destinations have now eased the restrictions on the international tourism, according to the the World Tourism Organization latest report. It confirms the trend of a slow but continuous adaptation and responsible restart of global tourism.
At the same time, of the 87 destinations that have now eased travel restrictions, just four have completely lifted all restrictions, while 83 have eased them while keeping some measures such as the partial closure of borders in place and 115 destinations (53 per cent of all destinations worldwide) continue to keep their borders completely closed for tourism.
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