Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) has filed complaints regarding the current travel requirements to Bali senators.
During a visit conducted by the Senators from Commission IX of the Bali House of Representatives at the Governor’s office on Thursday (27/1), Cok Ace filed several complaints concerning the current travel policies.
Cok Ace admitted to the Senators that the majority of Bali businesses have been struggling since the pandemic started and that the travel policies had no positive impact on the Bali tourism sector.
Most Balinese residents and businesses rely on international visitors for income. However, only a few international tourists visited the island during the pandemic, though the government has reopened the border for select countries within the travel arrangement policy.
“We only received a total of 41 international visitors in 2021, while we had around 6.3 million visitors prior to the pandemic,” Cok Ace said.
He asked the Senators to revise several policies, such as the direct flight policy, the visa requirements, and the pricey quarantine facility requirement for international tourists.
“Many businesses took on debt to repair their properties from damages incurred during the closure, prior to the reopening on October 14th 2021. Yet everything has become dusty again as there are still no visitors due to the current policies,” Cok Ace concluded.
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