According to the Jakarta Post, the association warned the government and the legislative body that Indonesian tourism would “collapse” if the House of Representatives votes in favour of the bill prohibiting alcohol sales and consumption across the nation.
The bill, introduced by the United Development Party (PPP) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), both Islamist parties, fails to take into account the opinions of tourism stakeholders, the association claimed.
Despite strong opposition from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), the House continues deliberations concerning the bill.
“If the bill is passed, our business will be done. Tourists, who mostly come from Europe, drink alcohol all the time. It will be very inconvenient for them if they can’t find alcohol,” PHRI head Hariyadi Sukamdani told Jakarta Post last week.
If passed, the law will be the first of its kind to impose a nationwide ban on the production, distribution and consumption of drinks with an alcoholic content of just one per cent up to beverages containing 55% alcoholic content.
There are already regulations in place on the distribution of alcohol that hit the alcoholic beverages industry.
Foreign tourists complain about the difficulty of sourcing alcoholic drinks outside of hotels.
“No matter how beautiful the country is, if they can’t find alcohol, they won’t want to come here,” Hariyadi told the Jakarta Post.
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