As the impacts of COVID-19 outbreak ripple across the global tourism industry, the Indonesian government is reportedly working on a contingency plan as part of an attempt to curtail the blow, including on Bali’s economy.
Bali tourism recently reported a 60-80% decline in hotel occupancy in Kuta, Legian and Nusa Dua due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
“We have held two meetings with the President [Joko Widodo] in regards to contingency plans to tackle the coronavirus. It’s not just one, but multiple steps. We are also hoping that promotion of Bali in other countries and markets will be intensified,” Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Ari Dwipayana, a coordinator of the presidential expert staff, told CNN Indonesia yesterday.
With an estimated Rp. 1 trillion in monthly tourism loss in Bali, the governemnt hopes this will help recover some of the lost revenues due to the ourbreak.
There have been over 79,000 infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) resulting in 2628 deaths worldwide.
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