Ep 101: Destination 2022 - All Eyes on Bali: What Happens Next?, with the Bali Hotels Association

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19 Oct 2021 • 34m00s

Bali is preparing to welcome back international tourists for the first time in 19 months. Progress is slow, however, and the situation is complex. At present, no inbound flights are confirmed.

So, today’s show takes an up-close look at one of South East Asia’s emblematic reopening stories. Gary is joined by Simona Chimenti, Marketing & Media Relations Director of the Bali Hotels Association and General Manager of The Pavilions Bali in Sanur, and Melina Caruso, Technology & Marketing Consultant for the Bali Hotels Association.

We discuss the various regulations being put into place for vaccinated tourists, and the current list of 19 countries from which visitors can travel to Bali. We also look at the importance of domestic tourism, and the challenges ahead for hotels, airlines, tour operators and all travel businesses.

Will the on-arrival quarantine period be further reduced from its current 5 days, or even removed?

How are forward hotel bookings shaping up for Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year? Will visitor profiles and key source markets change?

And what is the current advice for travellers planning a trip to Bali?

[CLICK HERE to visit the Welcome Back to Bali website produced by the Bali Hotels Association, which is mentioned in the show.]

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