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(ANTARA News) - Tourism operators in the Indonesian tourist resort
island of Bali have hailed a plan to introduce a common visa within
countries grouped in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
"The implementation of the common visa within the region will
benefit tourism industry operators," Chairman of the Indonesian Tourism
Industry Association Ngurah Wijaya said here on Thursday.
He said the imposition of the common visa would enable a person to
enter all countries in the region with a visa issued by one of the
"Yet, the imposition of a common visa will correct slightly the growth in the use of visa on arrival," he said.
But Wijaya is of the view that the implementation of the common
visa would benefit the tourism sector in Indonesia, particularly the
Island of gods, Bali.
The government set 2.7 million foreign tourist arrivals in Bali of
its national foreign tourist arrival target of 6.7 million in 2011.
He said that Bali`s tourism industry businesses said they supported
the common visa plan. Moreover, many countries in the region, including
Indonesia, now has open air transportation access which directly
connect big cities in the region.
"There have been 17 main gates which connect big cities in ASEAN," he said.
In the meantime, Secretary General of the Indonesia Restaurant and
Hotel Association (IRHA) for Bali Perry Markus said that the reduction
of income from the visa on arrival as a result of the common visa policy
could be solved with a multiple effect that would be created by the
increasing number of visitors.
"We will maximize it," Perry said.
He said that the imposition of the common visa would increase boost
the development of creative industry which has the potential to support
the tourism industry.
The value of Bali`s creative industrial product exports in August
2011 reached US$51.94 million, up 8.85 percent from the previous month.