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Bali Vice Governor Attempts To Rescue Struggling Hotels

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The state of the Bali’s hospitality industry is far from normal since the hit of Covid-19.

The Island’s Vice Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) said the industry displayed significant growth last holiday season in October, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case this time around.

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Cok Ace identifies that many hotels in Bali are in desperate need of help from the government during these tough times. “The situation is getting worse and the companies still have to employ workers to help them survive, despite lack of resources and low occupancy” Cok Ace stated during an interview with CNBC Indonesia on Tuesday Nov 24th 2020. 

Cok Ace has requested the Central Government to provide a soft loan for businesses most affected, namely Bali’s tourism sector, in hopes of approval in near future.

He asked for USD 687,9 million (IDR 9,7 trillion) in soft loans to drive the economy in the tourism sector. Bali is considered most affected from the pandemic, in comparison to areas around Indonesia, due to its dependency on tourism.

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Deputy Chief of Bali’s Hotel General Manager Association (IHMA), I Made Ramia Adnyana, confirmed the guest occupancy of hotels in Bali to be extremely low, with only 10-15 percent of total capacity. “Normally the occupancy was at 80-90 percent, it has dropped to 10 percent” Adnyana concluded.

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