The Karangasem Bali Tourism Association has confirmed that hotels in the region haven’t received a single booking for the upcoming year-end holiday.
The Head of Karangasem Hotel and Restaurant Association, I Wayan Kariasa confirmed that despite all the preparations the hotels have done in Karangasem, they still haven’t received any bookings from international visitors.
“We have prepared the requirements to receive international tourists, but we haven’t recorded a single booking,” Kariasa said.
He explained that this situation has affected the majority of Karangasem residents that are financially struggling since Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020.
“We really hope that the government will implement a policy that will attract more visitor and avoid further policies that will continue to harm our economy and people,” Kariasa added.
Kariasa added that the hotel occupancy in Karangasem has dropped dramatically in comparison with number prior to the pandemic.
“Prior to Covid-19 pandemic, our hotel occupancy was around 40 to 50 percent and even reached 60 percent in December. We haven’t even reached 5 percent as of November this year.” Kariasa concluded.
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