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Bali Resorts Earn Millions From Hosting G20 Summit

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As the G20 Summit and surrounding events come to a close, Bali can reflect on an overwhelmingly successful event. Despite a handful of protests and a few moments of gridlocked traffic, the biggest political event ever to be held on the island was delivered without an issue. 

View Of Apurva Hotel In Nusa Dua On Bali Beach

Ministers and officials in Indonesia have been pinning all hopes on the G20 being the final piece of the puzzle regarding Bali’s economic recovery from the pandemic. As world leaders and their delegations head home, hotels in the Nusa Dua area can breathe a sigh of relief. Having welcomed some of the most important guests they will ever host, hotels can now assess whether all the work has been financially viable.

It has been estimated that hotels in the Nusa Dua area will have cashed in over IDR 30 billion in revenue, individually, in the last week. This converts to around US 1.9 million, with even more hotels across Bali hosting G20-related guests. 

View of Apurva Kempinski Garden and Swimming Pools In Hotel Nusa Dua Bali

Hotels and grand resorts in Nusa Dua hosted the conference itself, world leaders, and their delegations. The main hotel used for accommodation was the Apurva Kempinski Bali. The 5-star hotel has long been the destination of choice for VIP visitors to Bali and can now boast that they have hosted world leaders too. Described as ‘the epitome of Bali’s beachfront luxury’, the Apurva Kempinski offers an extensive range of exquisite rooms, suites, and villas. 

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Ariel View Of Nusa Dua Coastline In Bali Including Hotel Resorts And Bali Beaches

The Head of the Advisory Council for G20 accommodation, I Nyoman Astama, told reporters, “If the hotel is small and it’s not in Nusa Dua, it can generate IDR 2-3 billion (USD 1.9m) in revenue, that’s good. We’re talking about the period November 14-17, 3 nights and four days”.

The Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Bali I Gusti Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya, confirmed the estimates shared by Atsama. Suryawijaya confirmed that US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping each hired out an entire hotel from the 15th to the 17th of Bali. He noted that twenty-four hotels were used in the Nusa Dua area during the event, all of which were fully booked this week. 

Private Bali Beach At Luxury Hotel Resort In Nusa Dua

The chairman said, “Oh yes, it’s normal for the presidents to rents one full hotel. Big countries actually block one hotel… “So far, those who already know America are certain, because the delegation is the largest. They bring many delegations, including B20. Being CEOs and all kinds, and China too”. 

While Nusa Dua has received an injection of cash and global media attention, other areas of Bali have been overlooked and are suffering as a result. In the last few weeks, hotels in east Bali have shared that bookings are looking low for the New Year holiday period. Hotels and guesthouses in the north of Bali have noted a slight increase in booking for the end-of-year holidays but have shared their concerns that room occupancy will still fall way below pre-pandemic levels. 

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Shop owners in Uluwatu have shared their experiences of stunted economic recovery too. While areas like Kuta, Legian, Canggu, Ubud, and now Nusa Dua too are nearly back to pre-pandemic visitor numbers, Uluwatu appears to be lagging behind. Souvenir shop owner, Nyoman Satriani, told reports this week how he is taking home less than half of his pre-pandemic income. 

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Satriani said, “Currently, sometimes I get IDR 200,000, but one day I don’t get any sales at all. I have to remain grateful no matter how much I get because I’m still in the recovery stage too…The most frequently purchased are sculptures, Balinese fabrics, bracelets, or other souvenirs. There are no items that are dominantly sold because the guests have different tastes”.

He shared that he thinks tourists’ shopping habits have changed “Initially open guests who come here just have a look. But it’s starting to get busy in August until now…From the beginning of opening until now, it is still not as normal as it was before the pandemic. Sometimes there are people who shop, sometimes they don’t at all”. 

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Only time will tell if the legacy of the G20 will have a fair and equally positive impact on tourism across the island. Though the Ministry for Tourism is actively promoting lesser-visited areas of the island and investing in the diversification of tourism businesses, there is a great imbalance to address.

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Paul Speirs

Monday 21st of November 2022

Yes the South did well but the rest of bali is suffering no indication of the presence of tourist but that doesn't matter as long as money is going to to the big hotels in the South. Please get back to free visa on arrival and let the embassy's around the world issue 2 months stay as before the pandemic or is it just greed by the government.

Wayan Bo

Monday 21st of November 2022

Yeah great, should make it at least once each month. Monthly G20 summit would be fine.

Exp

Monday 21st of November 2022

Quote "While Nusa Dua has received an injection of cash and global media attention, other areas of Bali have been overlooked and are suffering as a result."

This is the key: Who are the owners of the Nusa Dua hotels? Mostly the Jakarta based elite. Family of a former president used to own or have interests in a number of Bali and Nusa Dua hotels... Nusa Dua was developed as a "self-contained" area preventing visitors to be distracted be the "real" Bali.

Mickey

Monday 21st of November 2022

Yes fat cats get fatter average worker gets poorer that not good for average person

Michael

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Most of those millions probably went to people that already had millions; rich foreigners and Indonesians. I am quite certain if you talk to the people themselves it was not as profitable. I have one other question; how many of these elitist foreigners did they allow in unvaccinated? With many countries citizens saying no to these poison shots I am 100% certain the allowed people inn against their own rules. Time to open up completely Bali so everyone in the country to join in the celebration and riches.