The Bali Tourism Association has confirmed that the hotel occupancy rate on the island has dropped since the surge in Omicron cases.
The Deputy Chief of Cultural Environmental and Public Relations from the Hotel and Restaurant Association, I Gusti Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya, confirmed that the occupancy rate of accommodation businesses in Bali has significantly dropped from the high during the holidays in December 2021.
He claimed that the Omicron variant is the major cause of this phenomenon.
“According to our data, 13,000 domestic visitors arrived in December. This dropped to 10,000 in January, and it’s now at 7,000 as Covid-19 transmission continues to surge in Bali,” Suryawijaya said on Wednesday (9/2). I
The current hotel occupancy rate is only 15 percent.
However, Suryawijaya still hopes that the occupancy rate will increase once the Omicron variant is properly contained in the next few months.
“Our occupancy rate has dropped from 30 percent during the last holiday season to only 15 percent today. However, the situation is expected to get better in March when Omicron transmission is reduced,” Suryawijaya concluded.
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