Two years into the pandemic, forecasts are pointing to cautious optimism for a rebound in tourism in Bali. Hotels and restaurants are beginning to pick up steam in their road to recovery, helped by high vaccination rate, effective testing, tracing, and treatment. In what seems to be a glimmer of hope, domestic tourism is gradually returning, though the total figures remain below pre-pandemic levels. That, as the government announces a push to develop medical tourism to support the sector, and the economy, at large. Keep in mind, this year all eyes are on Indonesia, which currently holds the G20 presidency, and Bali, as host of the G20 Summit in late 2022.
In ‘Reimagining Bali’, we dig into the local scene and find out how industry players are embracing a recovery mindset, while at the same time being mindful of potential challenges in such a dynamic situation. The guests in this episode include Karlie Cummins, Founder and Managing Director of BaliBuddies, a successful Bali-based media company; Noel Scott, tourism expert at the University of the Sunshine Coast; and I Nyoman Darma Putra, researcher at the Udayana University’s Centre for Tourism Excellence.
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