Jakarta (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has asked Bali to prepare for an increase in visitors during the year-end holidays considering that the island is a favorite destination for vacationers.

"Based on the data we get, about 30 thousand domestic tourists come to Bali per day. Starting this week, (travelers) using air transportation will be around 15–20 thousand, and the ones from the land transportation could go up to 15 thousand," he informed here on Monday.

He said his administration is continuously coordinating with Bali Governor I Wayan Koster and the heads of regional districts to anticipate the spread of COVID-19 through several measures.

The Ngurah Rai Airport authority in Bali has been ordered to implement stricter monitoring, so have Gilimanuk Port and Padangbai Port, he informed. Additionally, it is now mandatory for vacationers to use the PeduliLindungi application and other health facilities, he added.

"I appeal to the public to do things during Christmas and New Year with full responsibility. Do activities with strict discipline, make sure there are no crowds, make sure the PeduliLindungi application is integrated. Let's ensure that the moment of Christmas and New Year's does not trigger new COVID-19 cases," Uno reminded.

The minister also said that on Saturday (December 18, 2021), 14 thousand people arrived in Bali.

This happened because the vaccination process, the application of health protocols, and the successful control of the COVID-19 situation have pushed efforts towards economic revival, he added.

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