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Bali Tourism Association Asks Businesses To Stop Laying Off Employees

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Officials from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association for Badung have asked tourism businesses to stop laying off their staff during the pandemic.

Bali tourist restaurant staff

The Head of the Badung Hotel and Restaurant Association, I Gusti Agung Rai Suryawijaya, stated that all the hotels and restaurants in the Badung region need to find other solutions apart from laying off their staff, especially during the current financial crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I think that managements need to reconsider firing staff as these employees will end up losing their source of income,” Suryawijaya said on Sunday (23/1).

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Suryawijaya suggested that instead of letting go of some staff members, businesses could opt to reduce the working days of all employees and implement a work shift so everyone can survive the crisis.

“Unless the hotels plan to close down, we need to find a better solution for both parties,” Suryawijaya added. However, he will keep inspecting hotels to help them find the best solution for their struggle.

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He also reminded the tourism sector to avoid rallies from tourism workers, similar to what happened to W Hotel in Seminyak recently.

“When the former staff of Hotel W rallied, the governor summoned their management team. The governor hopes that hotel management would be more careful to avoid causing further damage to the society,” Suryawijaya concluded.

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Sunday 30th of January 2022

Were i come from a statement like that is called passing the buck. Its obvious businesses don't want to lay off staff. If they have no income then what can they do. A goverment shouldn't pass the blame onto businesses when they hold the keys to the solution.


Friday 28th of January 2022

These corrupt officials want their cake and eat it too. They are handed cash to keep everybody quiet. However, hotel owners are struggling. How can they keep paying workers when tourism is dead ? And this idiot governor should know that it is himself and his ilk who are creating damage to the society. While these scumbags are taking advantage of the dirty money from their new globalist friends, regular workers are struggling. The longer people keep quiet, the longer they will be treated like fools. The only solution for the Bali workers is to grow a pair and show everyone how angry and desperate they've become.


Tuesday 1st of February 2022

@Randy, lol i spelt sanitised wrong as santised haha


Tuesday 1st of February 2022

@Randy, FYI santised is the english spelling, i.e the correct one. Sanitized is the american version, like a lot of other incorrectly spelled or pronounced words from the USA. Anyway many people have typos or incorrectly spelt words in their comments including me. Don't think its worth mentioning myself.

Ex-quarantinee hotelier

Monday 31st of January 2022

@Randy, Randy have you experienced quarantine in Jakarta with ‘flying colours’ . So where are all the tourists. The real worry with quarantine is ending up in a govt hotel for another 14 days. By the way I am concerned about Bali not other English person’s spelling of sanitise, which is correct, for you information ,except in Canada or Us.

Can you also not understand I was not celebrating anything about the Uk but showing that there are many millions of well protected people in the world who should be allowed to travel without the dreaded quarantine ; because like many I am hoping there is some way of getting international tourists back , without further months of restrictions.

I am a hotelier and know the terrible consequences for many fellow hoteliers, and especially the staff. Fortunately I can celebrate something that we have not laid off any of our 350 staff who most have children, and many don’t have family paddies or farms.

I am hoping that the really dire situation in Bali is finally getting through to the government because how are so many surviving after 2 years!!


Monday 31st of January 2022

@Ex-quarantinee hotelier, you are not alone but others instead had a better outlook on the whole quarantine process with flying colors. And moved on to their final destination. Just because the UK has no quarantine measures it's not called for a celebration.

No travelers want to pass through Jakarta as if Bali is another country perceived by or felt by many. This sounds more like an excuse that the initial transfer from the airport to the approved quarantine hotel is flawed. You can catch anything prior to boarding and who may have experienced an infection later on board.

Your initial experience does not reflect the others who have gone through the same process.

Btw sanitized is how it should be spelled FYI.

Aussies bring more income to the people of Bali...sure whatever you say.

Ex-quarantinee hotelier

Sunday 30th of January 2022

Further observation; in the Uk almost 40 million people have had the booster shot, apparently around 80% are over 40. (Including me) Precisely the demographic of those who visit Bali. There are many millions of the third jabbed in Europe and Us. who are ready to travel. Why not be the first to open! Bali, which is highly vaccinated, to those who have had the booster, no restrictions and visa on arrival. Do not exclude the world’s most covid protected welcome them with open arms!

Heinz Schirmaier

Thursday 27th of January 2022

Interesting, hmn, pray tell who is going to pay the hotel owners so they can pay their workers? With no income that would be a little difficult, huh? Any more brilliant ideas?

Maureen Muntz

Thursday 27th of January 2022

The anser is no qarantine, visa on arrival, then lots of peaple will come , if we are fully vaxed there is no probleem, hotel,s will be full ,there is your anser its simple what is this goverment thinking its madness what thay are doing


Thursday 27th of January 2022

The Bali Tourism Association should be asking the Government to help the businesses by reopening international tourism, lowering mandatory quarantine requirements back to 3 days with Negative PCR test results, and remove the eVisa for entry as all of these mandates keeps international tourism from coming. It's the tourist that fuels Bali's businesses that generates the income to pay it's employees. Without the tourist how can businesses keep their staffing? It's evident the domestic tourist aren't contributing to the econimic recovery in Bali.