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May 25, 2021, 06.22 PM - Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said the government-led Work from Bali (WFB) initiative is expected to be the main driver to boost the tourism sector in the Indonesian resort island which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

WFB will involve the state civil apparatus (ASN) under the purview of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, which oversees seven ministries, including the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.

In this program, 25 percent of state civil apparatus will participate in the program, which is currently being finalized by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs.

Sandiaga explained that the arrival of domestic tourists to Bali had dropped significantly over the last two weeks due to the ban on homecoming during the Eid al-Fitr holidays. However, as of Monday, May 24, the number of visitors to Bali has returned to 5,000-6,000 people a day.

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"The room occupancy rate for star hotels reaches below 10 percent and that is 8.99 percent to be exact, while [the occupancy rate] for non-star hotels is even lower at 7.7 percent," Sandiaga said during a Weekly Briefing, Monday, May 24 at the ministry's building in Central Jakarta.

He continued that the average length of stay in February 2021 for star hotels was 2.67 days and for non-star hotels was 1.89 days.

"With our presence in Bali, we hope that the occupancy rate will increase as it is supported by other players, not only from hotels and restaurants but also from creative economy products,” said Sandiaga.

He added the realization of the government spending will be monitored so that there would not be dissipated.

Previously, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Ministry undersecretary, Odo Manuhutu, explained hotels in Bali have difficulty paying the salaries of their employees and  hotel maintenance. He said that to pay for the maintenance costs, the occupancy rate must reach at least 30-40 percent.


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