The tourism association in Pemuteran, Buleleng has admitted that they’re getting tired of the false hope that they have been receiving from the government.
The Head of the Travel Conscious Group (Pokdarwis) Segara Giri Pemutera, I Ketut Sutrawan Selamat admitted that most of the tourism businesses in the northern Bali region have been waiting for the reopening of the international travel corridor for Bali. He also complained about the inconsistency of the government’s policy that tends to change without any notice before implementing.
Many of the accommodation businesses that started to receive some reservations in June 2021 were disappointed when the government suddenly implemented the emergency partial lockdown in the beginning of July 2021. “We had already finished our preparations and promoted our businesses until we finally received some bookings in June, but when the delta variant of Coronavirus struck, the government immediately changed the policy. So it comes across like we’re not professional as we have to constantly change the information we give to our clients.” Selamat said.
He explained that many businesses decided to give up their assets in order to pay their workers. Meanwhile, the Spokesman of Buleleng Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Ketut Suwarmawan said that authorities have been preparing all the infrastructure before Bali can finally reopen its border for international visitors. “We’ve been preparing a better infrastructure such as implementing a tracing app called PeduliLindungi in all our tourist spots and assuring that all the prevention protocols are properly implemented while waiting for reopening instruction from central and provincial government.” Suwarmawan said.