It is a good promotional tool for Labuan Bajo, Flores, and also NTT in general
Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) – The provincial government of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has assured that the Labuan Bajo area of West Manggarai district is safe for the implementation of G20 parallel meetings.
NTT Provincial Tourism and Creative Economy Chief Zet Sony Libing said his office will work with the central government, Labuan Bajo Tourism Authority and West Manggarai government to organize the side meetings of the G20.
All stakeholders have worked very well and hard to make Labuan Bajo one of the country’s super priority tourist destinations, he said on Monday.
“We are grateful that a number of G20 side meetings will be held in Labuan Bajo. It is a good promotional tool for Labuan Bajo, Flores and also NTT in general,” Libing added.
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The government, stakeholders and community have implemented strict health protocols and ensured against mass transmission of COVID-19 in Labuan Bajo, he said.
He added that he believed the successful implementation of the G20 side meetings in Labuan Bajo would have an economic impact on the community.
“Not only that, our tourism sector will also be increasingly recognized by G20 participants who come to Labuan Bajo,” he said.
Separately, Meruorah Komodo Labuan Bajo’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Ika Dunn, said the number of COVID-19 infections in the region is relatively low. However, all parties must always be ready to reduce the spread of infection, he added.
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“Currently, the local government is also anticipating it (COVID-19 transmission) by preparing free antigens for all passengers disembarking via Komodo Airport. If passengers are infected with COVID-19, they will be put in quarantine at the hospital,” Dunn said.
A low transmission rate and strict health protocols can help tourists feel safe and comfortable vacationing in Labuan Bajo, he added.
One of the G20 activities scheduled to take place in Labuan Bajo is the Trade, Investment and Industry Ministerial Meeting on September 21-23, 2022.
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