Bandung: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has severely affected the tourism sector in West Java Province, with businesses sending as many as 48,289 workers home, head of the West Java Tourism Office, Dedi Taufik, said.
"Business players in the tourism sector, like hotels, restaurants, creative industries, and informal businesses, have sent 48,289 workers home," Taufik told newsmen here on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 while speaking about covid-19's economic impact on tourism.
Creative industry workers have suffered the most as 14,991 of the 48,289 affected workers were from this field, while 14,721 others were employed in the arts and cultural field.
The remaining workers comprise 12,143 hotel workers; 5,179 destination workers; 2,768 workers employed with business agencies; 1,179 restaurant workers; and, 1,107 travel agency workers, he said.
Local businessmen have taken the decision to send workers home after observing a significant decline in tourism sector-related business activities amid the covid-19 outbreak. Owing to this, they have shut down their businesses, Taufik explained.
He said he is planning mitigation efforts at the stage of emergency response, recovery, and normalization to revive West Java's tourism sector after the pandemic ends. (antara)