After passing the Indonesia large-social restrictions period, several regions in Indonesia began to open their territories to welcome domestic tourists. Not long ago, the government also relaxed restrictions on tiered activities by opening travel activities through the airport for international arrivals. This was conveyed by the government seeing a decrease in the number of Covid cases in the Java-Bali region and other regions in Indonesia. Bali, become the area that will be opened to international arrivals in mid-October. Senior Cabinet Minister, Luhut Pandjaitan said tourists must be quarantined for 5 days upon arrival at their own expense.
It is planned that I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport on October 14 will open arrivals for several countries, including South Korea, China, Japan, UAE, and New Zealand. Whereas previously it was known that Indonesia was one of the countries with the highest Covid-19 cases in the Southeast Asia region, and had encountered the issue of refusing the arrival of Indonesian citizens to various countries. However, since the number of cases has decreased, the Indonesian government is actively evaluating tourism policies that have an impact on the economy in several regions.
This is good news for all Indonesian citizens, where people who have jobs in the tourism sector feel “revived”. Through this positive response, BookandLink as a hotel system provider also feels an increase in bookings that occur in various types of accommodation. As of October 5, 2021, BookandLink found 1,034 reservations for the Bali region, where this occurred on weekdays and exceeded the average increase in the previous months. In addition, colleagues in the hospitality industry also responded that currently hotel bookings are still fairly good and the best source of bookings still comes from Domestic Online Travel Agencies. As can be seen from the following table:
Source: BookandLink Linkedin
This shows that domestic tourists still rely on room searches through Online Travel Agents. This data can also indicate that OTA searches will continue to increase. When the door to Indonesia-Bali tourism, in particular, will be opened, hotels and other accommodations must also be more aggressive in maximizing room distribution. The right solution for accommodation managers is the use of Channel Manager (CM) as a room distribution system. In addition, the Channel Manager can also minimize overbooking during the peak season which is likely to occur at the end of 2021.
Many features are available in Channel Manager. In addition to managing availability and prices, Channel Manager BookandLink (ChannelKu) is also equipped with Customer Relations Management, where the hotel can manage guest databases and send questionnaires to find out special requests from guests. An equally important feature is dynamic pricing, where accommodation managers can manage room rate fluctuations automatically based on occupancy and room availability. Interesting right? Various ways can be done optimally to welcome the opening of tourism in Bali and other parts of Indonesia. In addition to good accommodation management, guests will certainly be satisfied with the service, security, and comfort of accommodation during the current pandemic.
Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-bali-reopen-visitors-some-countries-oct-14-2021-10-04/, https://blog.wego.com /bali-reopening-when-will-bali-open-borders/, & https://www.linkedin.com/company/bookandlink/posts/