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Will PRC Hegemonistic Moves Hurt Bali Tourism?

Bali Tourism Board Chairman Discounts Impact Dispute with PRC Over Natuna Islands

The chairman of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana, says that the current territorial dispute between the People’s Republic of China and Indonesia contesting the seas surrounding the Natuna Archipelago will have no effect on Bali’s tourism industry, explaining: "There’s no connection with us (tourism) because that is a political problem. We do know, however, that the Chinese people are very patriotic.”

Adnyana’s comments were made during a dialogue among tourism stakeholders sponsored by Bank Indonesia on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

As reported by Balipost.com, Adnyana took the opportunity recently to meet with the Consul-General of PRC in Denpasar on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. During that meeting, the BTB Chairman asked that tourism not be linked to any political issue. He also used the meeting to assure the Consul-General that Chinese visitors to Bali remain safe from any security threat. Adding: “There will be no demonstrations against the Chinese by the people of Bali. That would be an impossibility. The Balinese do not need to be told about such things, they already understand. The Balinese are famous for their hospitality.”

Anyana underlined his point by alluding to the Kintamani Chinese Festival that will take place in Bali during the Chinese New Year period, an event the BTB Chairman says shows Bali’s openness to Chinese culture and mainland Chinese visitors.

Commenting on the devastating fires taking place across Australia, Adnyana said that many Australian visitors are, in fact, taking extended holidays in Bali while waiting for the weather and fire situation in Australia to improve.

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