Kuta to Absent from New Year’s Celebration

The much anticipated New Year Eve of 2021 will not take place in Kuta, Badung Regency of Bali famous for its touristic spots like Kuta Beach, Garuda Wisna Kencana and Uluwatu Temple. Local government of Badung Regency confirmed this month’s New Year celebration will not be held for safety measures in the light of heightened COVID-19 cases in Bali province.

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Executive official of Badung’s Tourism office Cokorda Raka Darmawan in his interview with local media (14/12)  said that the regulation not to allow the celebration of new year party issued due to the priority of the government to allocate the budget to curb the coronavirus transmission. He also added that the current priority of the local government is to ensure the proper handling of stemming coronavirus in the island.

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The local authority has not decided whether to allow the celebration to be organized by local businesses like hotels or restaurants, and there is no further elaboration of the protocol to be followed if this is going to be allowed.  

Kuta district of Badung Regency is famous for its annual year end party which attracted local and international tourists. Year end party was also regarded as a stimulus to promote Badung and its tourism in the eye of foreign visitors.

There is still a strict measure taken in regard to the opening of tourism in Indonesia, including in Bali. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan in his written statement released on Dec 14 stated that visitors wishing to visit Bali for tourism purpose has to provide the PCR test prior to their flight to the island. He pleaded that this strict implementation to be prolonged until 8th of January, 2021. Widespread concern over coronavirus in Indonesia has not eased, the official COVID19 data showed that according to the latest update on Dec 16, the positive cases has reached the number of 636.154, with the increase of total 6.725 cases.

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Yasmin is a tourism and lifestyle reporter at thebalinews.com. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a major in International Relations from Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey. She is interested in domestic and international politics, as well as the study of diplomacy and development.