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Local Tanah Lot Vendors Decided To Remain Closed To Avoid Further Loss

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The majority of local vendors inside the Tanah Lot Temple area chose to remain closed despite the reopening of tourist attractions for domestic visitors.

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The Tanah Lot Public Relation Staff, Kadek Niti confirmed that despite the leniency that was given by the central government to reopen businesses and tourist attractions in Bali, the number of daily visitors at Tanah Lot Temple is still far from what people expect, causing majority of shops and vendors in the temple areas to become reluctant to open their businesses back up.

“Since the government started to allow us to reopen the Tanah Lot Temple, we’ve hoped to receive around 1,000 visitors each day. But unfortunately we averaged only around 300 guests per day.” Niti said on Friday (17/9). However, Niti admitted that Tanah Lot recorded its highest number of visitors on Sunday, Sept 12th 2021, with a total of over 600 visitors that day.

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“This is one of the reasons why shops decided to remain closed or only operate on the weekend.” Niti concluded. Meanwhile, one of the shop owners named Ni Luh Nyoman Nendeng (aged 55) said that she used to have sales around USD 211 (IDR 3 million) a day before the Covid-19 pandemic struck in Bali. “We had been earning a decent living before the Covid-19 pandemic struck last year, but now it’s very difficult to reach USD 7 (IDR 100,000) in a day. That’s why most shop’s have decided to stay closed.” Nendeng said.

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Saturday 25th of September 2021

The Indonesian central government is handling this matter very poorly. In numerikus articles they come across as if they were to close in even more and promote national independence from foreign influence, which is a nice idea, but given the Indonesian isn't an economically strong country, domestic tourism and trade will never bring sufficient amount of money in the country. I used to live in Bali and it's sad to see it go down. Semangat!


Thursday 30th of September 2021

@Oliver, gas shortage in the UK...sighs


Thursday 30th of September 2021

@Oliver, Are you joking that Indonesia is not an economically strong country. Seriously dude!!!

There has been a strong revenue from a robust trade export lately. While Vietnam is on lockdown, orders on shoes and other trades have shifted to Indonesia for production. It has overwhelmed factories for demand consumption. Even though there may be an intermittent local Inflation but the economy is still rolling. Look at the UK for example where there are gas and empty shelves at the grocery stores. Thanks to Brexit.

You used to live in Bali...well Bali isn't the central universe of Indonesia.

J West

Friday 24th of September 2021

Businesses that don’t adapt die, fact.


Friday 24th of September 2021

Indonesian tourists not spending money ? Worst than backpackers 😂 domestic tourists is just headaches


Monday 4th of October 2021

@Made, there is a recent uptick of domestic travelers and seen eating in seafood in jimbaran. Hardly eating meat balls. Read coconuts Bali on domestic travelers' surge.


Thursday 30th of September 2021

@Mark, so to you International tourists are much better off buying souvenirs that will eventually be sold off one day in a garage sale or better yet end up as a white elephant gift exchange closer to Christmas.

Why blame on domestic tourism for not buying enough souvenirs in Bali? There are many locals and digital nomads who work remotely off and on in Bali from Java and the capital. They have contributed to the local housing and foods.


Thursday 30th of September 2021

@Ben, locals may buy T -shirts and sarongs but local trinkets probably not so much. Would you buy a local souvenir from your own neck of the woods...probably not.


Sunday 26th of September 2021

@Mark, I guess domestic tourists just don't spend money on souvenirs. I hate that whole tourist market circus around Tanah Lot, but i guess some foreign tourists normally buy things there keeping shops afloat, backpackers or not.


Saturday 25th of September 2021

@Mark, they eat bakso in bali

Wayan Bo

Friday 24th of September 2021

Hopefully those two legendary serpents will not suffer.