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40 Hotels And Restaurants In Bali Reject Proposed Gov’t Bailout Saying It’s Not Enough

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The Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry allotted a combined grant of USD264,285 (IDR3.7 billion) to 120 hotels and restaurants in Klungkung District. Out of which, 40 have declined the government aid stating it’s simply not enough. 

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91 hotels and 29 restaurants were qualified by the central government to receive the cash assistance.

Accordingly, only 59 hotels and 21 restaurants came forward to accept the grant.

The Head of Klungkung Tourism Agency, Anak Agung Gede Putra Wedana described the situation on Thursday (7/1).

“According to our data, USD7800 (IDR109.1 million) hasn’t been delivered to the qualifying accommodation businesses” said Wedana.

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The Tourism Agency attempted to contact the businesses to complete the process by providing required documents to collect the funds.

“We have contacted those who did not submit disbursement documents before the specified deadline. They did not submit the documents or refused because the value of the grant was relatively small,” Wedana explained.

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The amount of funds the business is qualified to receive is calculated based on the tax they paid the previous year. Thus the amount would vary at most USD3528 (IDR49.4 million) to merely USD1.2 (IDR16,543).

“Based on rules from the Tourism Ministry, we will send back the rest of the money to the central government” Wedana concluded.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

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