Coronavirus has been given negatively effect on Bali tourism. Coronavirus an epidemic that causes the termination of employment. The government said the number would increase because the data is still temporary.
The high operational costs and cash flow are getting slower. Both of them are exacerbating the current situation. But there are also those who make policies to lay off employees. With this policy, employees continue to work limited hours. However, the company will still provide a salary according to the agreement. The policy to lay off employees is a step taken by the company to avoid termination of employment. The news says around 19,000 people in the Bali tourism industry will feel the impact of the Coronavirus epidemic.
If we look at the data, tourist arrivals in 2019 contributing to Bali tourism reached IDR 75.33 trillion. With 10.5 million domestic tourists and 6.2 million foreign tourists. So you can imagine what will happen during 2020. Where since March 2020 only 10 – 40% of hotel occupancy remains. In April, the government decided to close the tourism industry and tourism objects in Bali.
Indonesian Government Policy
The Indonesian government had tried to boost domestic tourism through incentives to discount airplane tickets to a number of destinations as a stimulus.
Outbreaks that have spread to various countries have a major impact on global travel. The International Aviation Industry Association (IATA) said that the loss of the global aviation industry could reach US$ 113 billion this year due to COVID-19.
The Indonesian government provides incentives through discounted airplane tickets ranging from 30% to 40% for 10 domestic destinations from March to May 2020. The 10 intended tourist destinations include Batam, Denpasar, Yogyakarta, Labuan Bajo, Lombok, Malang, Manado, Silangit, Tanjung Pinang, and Tanjung Pandan. Apart from the government, the airline can provide discounts for most domestic tourist destinations.
But sad that the latest data showed COVID-19 victims grow rapidly. Although Indonesia is known as one of the lowest COVID-19 confirmed cases. The tourism industry should be off for temporary. Many flights are canceled and no operate in the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali.
Coronavirus Side effect
Bali is one of the most affected destinations. In the last two months, almost no tourists visited the water vehicle business in the Tanjung Benoa Beach area, Badung. Tanjung Benoa, a very popular water sports tourist area in Bali, looks deserted. Many bookings until April 2020 were canceled. Declining business income forces other business managers to cut the salaries of employees who mostly work in part-time schemes.
Elly Hutabarat, the general chairperson of the Indonesian Travel Agent Association (Astindo), appreciated the government’s stimulus aimed at driving domestic travel. However, he said the step was not enough to solve the problem. “It is very heavy (the impact of the coronavirus), we cannot be helped from it, but it is something we value,” Elly told BBC News Indonesia reporter Liza Yosephine.
Direct effect on public
I took my bike around Kuta, Seminyak, and Legian. View store still open but no guest inside. Traffic jams usually occur in the daytime until 6 pm. Now you can ride freely and relax. The road almost no traffic.
I was working in the tourism industry and yes it hit me so hard. But I’m lucky still to have food for eating. Some of my friends said, “I just eat once in the night and small bread for breakfast”. I will show you the picture. You should very lucky out there still have more then what we have here.
One of the most famous beaches on earth, Kuta Beach is closed for temporary. Yes, some local people still play and fishermen still working. I asked a street food seller and they said the same thing. Fewer people buy their food and beverage but other sellers already closed. Of course, no salary then safe the money. If you out there still have more money, more food and healthy then you are the lucky one.