IndonesiaFew cancellations over proposed act, says BHA

Bali hotels put ‘adultery’ scare reports to bed

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It’s business as usual in Bali, says hotels association.
It’s business as usual in Bali, says hotels association. Photo Credit: Pilin_Petunyia/GettyImages
Due to some over sensationalised media reports and social media sharing of the ‘bonking ban’ stories, hotel members did experience about 6% of cancellations,– Bali Hotels Association

Bali Hotels Association has hosed down reports that Indonesia’s proposed ‘Adultery Act' has spurred mass cancellations in Bali.

“Australian media claims that many people were cancelling due to the reported draft of the ‘bonking bill’ are unfounded,” the association said in a statement.

A survey of 157-member hotels in Bali revealed that few people were cancelling their trips to Bali.

“Due to some over sensationalised media reports and social media sharing of the ‘bonking ban’ stories, hotel members did experience about 6% of cancellations,” BHA noted.

“The survey results also concluded that this could have been compounded by other factors such the bankruptcy of one of Europe’s biggest tour operators [Thomas Cook] as well as an online travel agent going out of business and bookings being cancelled.”

In an earlier release, Bali Hotels Association said the Indonesian government’s Adultery Act - which would make sex outside marriage a criminal offence - “is still a recommendation and has not yet been formally issued and cannot be enforced”.


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