“If the government issues a statement requiring us to not accept any guests or temporarily close [during the Christmas and New Year’s break], then we do not have a choice but to comply,” said Prita Gero, Assistant Corporate Marketing Communications Manager of Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts.
Prita further emphasized that if Indonesia wants the Covid-19 battle to end, then all layers of society must be on the same page and support the government’s decisions.
Ninik Haryanti, Corporate PR & Sales Manager of Dafam Hotel Management, voiced similar opinions while acknowledging that different countries and cities have their own regulations for the upcoming year-end holiday.
“At the moment, Indonesia has not issued any official decree concerning New Year’s celebration violations.”
For that reason, she explained that several hotels in Indonesia have created their own programs that follow Covid-19 health protocols, but all parties are ready to abide by the law should they, later on, be prohibited from executing such events.
Conditions for Christmas & New Year’s celebrations
Yulia Maria, Director of Marketing & Communications for Artotel Group, said that the hotels that have drawn up plans to ring in Christmas & New Year 2021 are predominantly located in areas that have not imposed any restrictions.
There is uncertainty among Indonesia’s hotel industry players about hosting such events as it could result in penalties and repercussions.
“Given the current situation, we have some activities in line, but it is nothing big as we are anticipating restrictions to be adopted.”