Bali resort resorts have ‘no place for foreigners’
Bali’s luxury resorts are seeing an increase in visitors from China and the Middle East as the country’s tourism industry is being affected by the deadly pandemic.
Bali’s top luxury resorts, including Luxury Beach, Bali Village, and Bali Gold, have no place for tourists who are not residents of the city of Bali, according to a new report.
The report by TripAdvisor and PricewaterhouseCoopers, released on Wednesday, highlighted the plight of Bantu and Burmese people, who are being left behind by tourism in the city.
“Many Burmous have been unable to obtain travel visas, leaving them with no option but to stay in Bali for the rest of their lives, said a Pricewaterhurst report released on Tuesday.”
The tourism industry has been hit by an unprecedented number of visa cancellations in recent months.
A recent report by the Tourism and Development Department (TDA) estimated that only 15% of the 590,000 visas issued in 2016 were for Burmoses and other minority groups.
“The TDA report warned that Bali could become the most unsafe place in the world for tourists if the virus continues to spread.”
For Bali to remain safe, it must also become a destination that tourists will come back to,” it said.
The study also said that Burmos, who have lived in Bambu since the 1950s, are experiencing higher unemployment rates and unemployment in the Bali tourism industry as the pandemic hits.”
There is a growing sense of desperation amongst Burmosis, and the economy is suffering,” the report said.”
Despite a large number of Burmuses working in the industry, unemployment rates are well above the national average, with the number of jobless workers at over 30 percent.
“In addition to the rise in Burmose tourism, there is a rise in domestic and international travel.
According to a recent report from the World Bank, international travel to Bali has jumped from $11 billion in 2015 to $23.4 billion in 2019.