Numerous false reports are circulating through social media regarding the recent Indonesian Criminal Law (KUHP). This inaccurate information must to be clarified to avoid negative impacts on tourism recovery on the island of Bali. Various stakeholders from the Bali tourism association are speaking up to straighten out the misinformation.
"No need to worry about traveling to Bali. The recently passed criminal law (KUHP) will take effect in three years. Again, only legal spouses or parents or your children can make a report to the police about adultery"
Tjok Bagus Pemayun, A.Par., MM
The Head of Balinese Government Tourism Office
"The authority will not knock on your room to check nor question your marital status"
IGN Agung Rai Suryawijaya, SE., MBA
The Chairman of PHRI Badung
"Assumption leads to confusion. We are committed to providing clear and valid information about traveling to Bali. Traveler safety and SeCUrity is our concern"
I Putu Winastra, S.Sos
The Chairman of Association of The Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies
(ASITA) DPD Bali
"Recently, many black campaigns addressed to degrade Bali's tourism reputation. One of the fake news we have found is regarding flight cancellations due to the passing of this latest criminal law in Indonesia. We kindly ask everyone to be cautious about hoax news rapidly shared through any online platform."
Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana
The Chairman of Bali Tourism Board
"Hotels are obligated to keep their guest data as confidential as possible. They won't ask for any personal or sensitive information such as marriage certificate to their guests."
Dr. Yoga Iswara, BBA., BBM., MM., CHA
The Chairman of Indonesia Hotel General Manager Association DPD Bali
"It's not our right to reject (unmarried) guests. We are not law enforcement. Hotels would not be making assumptions about the relationship status of its guests."
Fransisca Handoko, CHA., CHIA., CHRM
The Chairwoman of Bali Hotel Association
"Travelers, so there's really nothing to worry about. If all this time tourists can be comfortable in Bali, then this condition will not change either."
The Secretary of Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Bali Province
"This is not a new law. The ratified version of the criminal law gives a bold statement on who can make a report to the police about adultery/premarital sex. No random people could report you to the authority."
I Nyoman Nuarta, SH
The Chairman of Himpunan Pramuwisata Indonesia DPD Bali
"Bali is an island of diversity. Tolerance is the key for us. We always care and respect our guest's culture no matter where they are from."
Gede Ngurah Dewantara Narottama
The Chairman of Ubud Hotel Association
Bali remains a safe paradise to visit. Always be smart and careful about any misleading information circulated widely through social platforms. Pack your bag, book your flight, choose your accommodation, and we wish you happy holidays!