Bintan believes it is in the best possible shape to deliver a safe travel corridor with Singapore and hopes its travel industry partners will be the first to experience the Riau Islands’ “safe haven”.
Bintan Resorts says its suitability to host visitors from Singapore is based on its unique position as “a cruise ship that operates on land”.
Abdul Wahab, group general manager for PT Bintan Resorts Cakrawala, speaking during a Wonderful Indonesia trade webinar last week, said Bintan Resorts was proposing a tourism and staycation concept like that enjoyed by Singapore’s Sentosa island.
Strict health safeguards around Covid-19 would be in place in Bintan, Wahab said, including a maximum 50% visitor capacity in line with vaccination policies agreed by Indonesia and Singapore.
Domestic and international visitors would be segregated into ‘Vaccinated’ and ‘Unvaccinated’ areas, policed by security.
Industry partners, including travel agents, resort owners, event organisers and other stake holders would be invited to Bintan resorts for a trial visit in the first phase of re-opening.
Much will depend on Covid-19 numbers coming down in Singapore. An earlier attempt to establish a Singapore-Bintan bubble was nipped in the bud by the rising number of infected cases in Singapore.
Indonesia is desperate to revive its tourism economy. Foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia from January to July 2021 fell up to 80%, costing nearly two million jobs.