RadarBali.com reports that the Indonesian Hotel General Manager Association (IHGMA) Bali is welcoming recent changes in government policy affecting international travel that resumes visa-on-arrival (VOA) for 23 countries, which eliminates quarantine requirements, that both took effect from 07 March 2022.
The IHGMA is an association of Indonesian nationals serving as general managers of hotels in Bali, with meetings generally conducted in Indonesian. The counterpart to the IHGMA is the English-speaking Bali Hotel Association (BHA), comprised of general managers, both local and foreigners.
To maximize the benefit resulting from recent changes in visa and quarantine rules, the chairman of the IHGMA-Bali, Agus Yoga Iswara, urged tourism leaders in Bali to safeguard efforts to restore the recovery of tourism by not increasing the cost of accommodation at this time. Adding: “We must work to jointly promote the destination of Bali in the most attractive way,” said Iswara on Friday, 11 March 2022.
Meanwhile, the operating chairman of the Indonesian Housekeeper Association (IHKA), Nyoman Sugiarta, also welcomed the opening of the gates of Bali to international tourism with the return of the VOA and the end of quarantine. “Hopefully, this is the revival of Bali Tourism. We hope that all the tourism stakeholders in Bali will lead in the implementation of COVID-19 Health Protocols, safeguarding the policies of the central government,” Sugiarta added.
Sounding a similar chord with Sugiarta were the chairman of the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (IFBEC-Bali), I Ketut Darmayasa, and the Bali spokesperson of the Indonesian Union of Tourism Workers (FSP-Par) I Gusti Ayu Ketut Budiasih.