As reported by NusaBali.com, the Indonesian Association of Hotels and Restaurants (PHRI) prefer that the Indonesian Government host meetings, conferences, and focus discussion groups in various domestic destinations rather than pursue current plans to promote a “Work from Bali” option.
The Secretary-General of PHRI, Maulana Yusran, said on Wednesday, 09 June 2021, that in the past, government-sponsored events, such as meetings and conferences held in the provinces managed to contribute between 30% and 40% on local hotels’ income. Yusran urged the Government to continue this proven method to promote domestic travel in 2021. Such conferences generate revenue across the board at the chosen destinations, including room sales, food and beverage, conference venue rentals, and transportation fees.
Based on data from PHRI, the average occupancy of hotels in Bali during Q1 2021 was a disappointing 10%. By comparison, occupancy in Yogyakarta hotels in March 2021 reached 34%.
On a national basis, average hotel occupancy in January and February 2021 stood at a meager 10%. This increased to 30% in March 2021. While figures are not yet available for April and May 2021, Maulana fears that occupancy levels have recently dipped in response to recent government regulations limiting public movement, mudik travel, and gatherings.