The Ubud Hotel Association (UHA), which has at least 90 members located in the popular tourist spot still hope still lingers for Bali to reopen to foreign tourists next month.
Though the possibility looks increasingly unlikely with Indonesia battling a devastating second major wave in the COVID-19 crisis, but UHA is eager to avoid any delays as its member hotels are not only equipped with the government-endorsed Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environment (CHSE) certificate, but that all their employees have been fully vaccinated.
“We are still hoping that the international border [to enter] Bali will be opened this July. We are not hoping for a sudden jump in visitors. At least with the opening of international tourism, the psychology of people in the tourism [industry] will be healed,” UHA chairman Gede Paskara Karilo said yesterday.
Gede said that about 10 percent of UHA’s members have had to temporarily close during the pandemic, explaining that the slight increase in domestic tourists in recent months has not been too significant.