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Will Bali EVER bounce back?

• By ANDREW PRENTICE and BRETT LACKEY

Bali's future is in dire straits, with shocking pictures revealing the once global holiday hotspot now resembles a virtual ghost town two years into the pandemic.

With Indonesia heavily reliant on tourism, a continual spike in Covid-19 case numbers and a subsequent lack of overseas guests has plunged the province famed for Kuta Beach and endless bars, restaurants and shops into a shadow of its former self.

A YouTube video - uploaded on January 23 - titled Poppies Lane Kuta Bali Situation 2022 / Bali Condition Now, provides a confronting, behind the scenes insight into how bleak life has become for many locals.

Usually bustling side streets on the once iconic Poppies Lane I and II now feature scores of closed stores, with the video narrator stating it is a 'really sad situation' and that desperate Balinese workers 'hope to see tourists back soon.'

In further depressing scenes, the four-star Grand Barong Resort, which was consistently booked out before the pandemic and is walking distance from Kuta Beach, now features endless vacant rooms and no guests from abroad.


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