Bali Tourism Association has confirmed that around 30% of tourism workers will start working once the border reopens.
The Head of Badung Hotel and Restaurant Association, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya confirmed that several tourism workers who were previously laid-off due to the Covid-19 pandemic are expected to start working once the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport starts to receive international flights again as the central government recently announced would happen by October 14th 2021.
“We plan to rehire 30% of our tourism workers. If a hotel used to employ around 300 workers, there is a possibility to hire 150 of them back.” Suryawijaya said on Wednesday (6/10). Meanwhile the provincial government has prepared a total of 35 hotels that will accomodate international visitors to undergo the mandatory quarantine once they arrive in Bali, so Suryawijaya plans to hire around 100 workers in each of those hotels.
“With 35 appointed hotels as quarantine facilities, we can hire approximately 3,500 workers, depending on occupancy levels” Suryawijaya added. However, he also encourages the accommodation sector to operate their businesses very carefully, despite receiving only a small number of guests when the border reopens. “With only a few select countries allowed to enter upon reopening, we still need to be aware and operate our tourism sector carefully to prevent transmissions of the new Covid-19 variant onto the island through this travel bubble program.” Suryawijaya concluded.