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Tourism businesses in Lovina, Buleleng have started to sell their assets in order to survive from the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

The Head of the Binaria Lovina Tourism Agency, Made Kardika confirmed that many accommodation businesses such as hotels and restaurants in the northern Bali area have decided to sell their property and assets as they’re facing bankruptcy due to lack of customers since the Covid-19 pandemic struck over a year ago. The area that used to be the icon of north Bali tourism has been deeply affected, causing massive lay-offs to the tourism workers in the area.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

“Many business owners were forced to sell what they have left only to provide for their family, many have also changed their profession completely to try to maintain work.” said Kardika on Monday (10/5). He also explained that since the government decided to ban all international travelers in March 2020, there have only been a few people who’ve come to visit the Lovina area. Since then, 65 art shops and local vendors have been forced to cease operations.

Apart from the accommodation business, the people who used to guide the tourists to show the dolphins on the Bali Sea were also forced to sell their boats that they previously used to operate their business. “Nearly half of those tour guides don’t have any farm land, so it’s even more difficult for them to provide their family.” Kardika added. However, he’s optimistic that the Covid-19 vaccine that is currently being distributed is a positive attribute to revive Bali’s tourism from this devastating crisis.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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J West

Sunday 16th of May 2021

Was the percentage of non Balinese business ownership too high? The “feel” of Bali has certainly changed in the past thirty years as the number of non Balinese businesses entered the market. The “ Bali experience” has been wholly degraded. The food for example, it being rare to find Balinese in the kitchens anymore, is not what was. There are no Balinese without village homes. The only residents in the ‘ formless’ category are from Java and Sumatra. Nice people for sure, but who’ve come to Bali for tourism. Quality and craftsmanship are now “ for tourist only” not objects of skill and generation as we found 30 years ago. My opinion, let the ‘tourist Bali’ die so that the real Bali can flower once again. Mass tourism has suppressed Bali to the point where Bali doesn’t exist. This has to stop.

Ellen

Monday 17th of May 2021

@J West, I totally agree.....

ben

Saturday 15th of May 2021

it's well known that Bali mainly relies on tourism, which is a big issue when a catastrohy strikes. So, I'm wondering if theres any ways for Bali to adopt a second domain of economy? what are your thoughts? any suggestions?

Pan Demi

Saturday 15th of May 2021

it's time for dolphins to live calmly in the waters of Lovina without disturbance.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Back to farmers work, hundreds years ago there wasn’t touristic business too.