After 2 months of high anticipation, Bali has confirmed it will not reopen to international visitors on 11 September. Instead, the Island of the Gods will likely rely on domestic travel only until the end of the year. This is a huge financial and psychological blow for Indonesia’s travel economy - but perhaps not a great surprise.
This week, Gary and Hannah discuss the national, regional and global factors that conspired against Bali’s inbound tourism reboot.
What will be the consequences for the tourism sector in Indonesia and South East Asia? And with 2020 fast running out, where do the region’s embattled travel businesses turn to next for hope, inspiration and much-needed revenues?