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Dozens Of Bali Travel Companies Have Gone Bankrupt Due To The Global Pandemic

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The Tourism Association has confirmed that dozens of travel companies across Bali have permanently closed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Head of the Indonesian Travel Agency Association (ASITA) for Bali, Putu Winastra confirmed that a total of 157 travel agencies in Bali faced bankruptcy since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020. “According to our latest data, from a total of 407 travel companies across the island, 157 of them went bankrupt during this economic crisis in Bali.” Winastra said on Wednesday (6/10).

Winastra also explained that from a total of 250 travel companies that are still operating, only 100 of them are currently certified with the Clean Health Safety and Environment (CHSE) as one of the requirements for businesses to continue operating when the border reopens in the near future.

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

 Apart from CHSE certification, travel companies are also required to maintain high standards of cleanliness during their operations.

“Travel companies are required to provide hand sanitizer and do temperature checks. While the staff must be vaccinated and test negative with rapid antigen tests to ensure the safety of their clients.” Winastra added. Companies are only allowed to bring their clients to tourist attractions that are already certified with CHSE to prevent Covid-19 transmission.

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

Meanwhile ASITA also stated that they have been waiting for the government’s instruction in regards to the integrated operation procedures for receiving international visitors from selected countries such as New Zealand, South Korea, Abu Dhabi, China and Japan when the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport starts receiving international flights on October 14th 2021. “We’re still waiting for proper procedures from the central government regarding how to handle the visitors once they land at the airport.” Winastra concluded.

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Ganivet

Friday 8th of October 2021

We should be honest, the travel agencies are broke not because of the "pandemic", but because of the government measures

Ben

Friday 8th of October 2021

@Ganivet, this is the case all over the world... the extreme response to this disease has destroyed the global tourism industry. European internal tourism was still somewhat possible, so that survived to a degree, but Asia is all closed.

That only 100 companies have got certification would suggest the remaining 150 will not operate soon. Perhaps they stopped all operations early without going bankrupt?

Wayan Bo

Thursday 7th of October 2021

This happen all across the world, especially because of direct bookings through the web.

J West

Thursday 7th of October 2021

The Bean Bag beach chair covers used by the liquor pigs on Kuta haven’t been washed for twenty years and longer. Great initiative to enforce ‘ cleanliness’. I’m sure a lot of unsuspecting tourists took crab lice and bedbugs home.

Bule Lengar

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Clean eh? Hand sanitized? Hows all tge garbage at the side of the road doing? Sanitize that. Bsli is doomed.

Mike A

Thursday 7th of October 2021

It was due to how it was handled by the Balinese govt. If they had handled it like India and treated every one with Ivermectin then it would have ended a long time ago. Even now they require 8 days of quarantine which is going to further prevent international visitors from coming.