New website aims to promote Covid-19 efforts in SE Asia

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South-east Asian countries have agreed to publicise Covid-19-related updates, as well as promote the region’s tourism offerings, on a shared platform.

All updates on travel, tourism and measures to combat Covid-19 relating to the ASEAN member states can soon be found at

Covid-19-related content featured on the site will include statistics, travel advisory notices, mitigation efforts, new policies, and success stories from each member state in handling Covid-19.

The move was proposed by current chair of the ASEAN Tourism Communication Team, Malaysia, during the Special Video Conference Meeting of the ASEAN Tourism Communication Team on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) held on June 4, 2020.

During the meeting, the director of inter-institutional relations for the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (MoTCE) and head of the Indonesian delegation, Candra Negara, said that the focus of all ASEAN member states is to restore tourists’ trust in the cleanliness and safety of South-east Asian destinations.

Global travellers are keen to know the efforts by tourism stakeholders in these destinations to tackle the new normal post-Covid, he added.

Agustini Rahayu, director of communication bureau for MoTCE, said that Indonesia’s handling of Covid-19 includes “enhancing channels of communication, introducing services to reassure tourists, and the deployment of human and digital resources of the tourism and creative economies to tackle the crisis”.

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