Indonesian president Jokowi Widodo has reportedly said that the government is in talks to provide discounts to foreign tourists visiting Indonesian tourist destinations. This will come as part of a stimulus package, as country's tourism sector is impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak over the past few months.
According to The Jakarta Globe, Jokowi addressed this at a meeting held at the Presidential Palace, saying that the government is in talks to offer 30% off the tariffs. In addition, specific tourist destinations that will hand out 30% discounts will also be named along with the decision. Meanwhile, Jokowi also reportedly said the government has to "stimulate" the tourism industry to combat and see through the COVID-19 impact.
Currently, Indonesia has not reported any confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, Indonesians see the virus as a major threat to public health in the country. A recent survey by YouGov revealed that Indonesia is ranked second after China as the country most concerned about the virus outbreak. The study was done between 31 January to 11 February 2020, on 27,000 people in 23 countries and regions. The COVID-19 virus first broke in December 2019, and has 51, 857 laboratory confirmed cases globally.