The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has said it is shocked by an Australian TV report which portrayed the island as “worn and torn” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Channel Nine report showed a hotel in the Legian area that it claimed was “trashed, wrecked and deserted”, but BHA said the hotel in question – which is not a member of the association – was under new ownership and was being renovated ahead of a 2021 reopening.
“The [Channel Nine] news was also implying that all hotels are like this in Bali and that the island is worn and torn. Which is far from the truth,” said BHA in a statement.
“This type of misleading news has the potential to create a negative image towards the destination, thus we would like to ensure that what has been reported and portrayed in the news circulated on social media by Channel 9 Australia is based on facts and not assumptions made by the presenter and some of those interviewed.”
While Current Affair’s Facebook page shows Bali’s deserted streets and abandoned businesses, it spoke to one Australian expat who said without the crowds, Bali was “a paradise more than ever”.
“If you’re lucky enough to have an income, there are deals everywhere in resorts and restaurants,” the expat told Channel Nine.
The BHA also said that close to 100 of its member hotels and resorts have officially completed or are currently in the process of obtaining the local and national Cleanliness, Health, Safety & Environmental Sustainability Certification standards implemented by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy and the Indonesian Health Ministry.