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Bali Tourism Association Urges Government To Reopen Borders

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The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) has urged the central government to reopen the international borders to avoid further economic damage inflicted by the crisis.

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The Head of Badung PHRI, I Gusti Agung Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya said that he was recently informed that the central government plans to reopen the border to international tourists in 2022.

“I was just informed that central government plans to reopen the border in three different phases, and the official opening for the green zone will occur in April 2022,” said the Deputy Chief of Bali PHRI on Wednesday (10/3).

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He also said that if the rumors were true, it will further devastate Bali’s economy. “Bali economy is already destroyed due to its dependency on the tourism sector, the hotel occupancy is bellow 10 percent on these days and they’re unable to cover all the bills with that income. Some hotels have even zero occupancies” Suryawijaya added.

He noted that the reopening for domestic tourism is not as effective towards the economy as international tourism.

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“With the average arrival of a maximum of 3,000 per day, it’s still nothing in comparison with the total 146 thousand hotel rooms on the island. Many hotels were closed since the pandemic struck a year ago and it will only get much worse if the government doesn’t make any changes” Suryawijaya concluded. 

Additionally, he supported the latest statement from the Maritime and Investment Ministry that Bali will reopen when 70 percent of its population is vaccinated, and he predicted that the Covid-19 free corridor program will be realized around July this year.

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