Jakarta/Badung ● Thu, October 14, 2021
After more than a year of setbacks and false starts, Bali's international airport was poised on Wednesday to reopen to the foreign tourists on whom the island's economy depends, but on the eve of the policy shift, technical details remained unresolved, last-minute regulatory changes loomed and skepticism abounded.
"We're tired of promises from the government," said 32-year-old holiday villa manager Bando on Tuesday. "Honestly, we're tired of hoping. […] We need tourists back."
The business that Bando manages, based in Bali's once bustling Seminyak district, has subsisted on a sprinkling of domestic tourists and monthly rentals to the few foreigners that have remained on the island, but bookings are sparse, cancellations are common and total revenue is less than a third of what it used to be.
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