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Jakarta Post

Alcohol ban jeopardizes industry, tourism

  • Dewanti A. Wardhani, Ni Komang Erviani and Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 9 2016   /  08:58 am

The deliberations on the alcohol prohibition bill have been causing consternation among tourists, businesspeople and even labor unions, as the question, to beer or not to beer, is expected to have a serious impact.

“A holiday without beer in Bali would be dreadful,” said Briton Peter Robertson, who was vacationing in Bali. Without access to beer, which is considered a recreational beverage in countries such as the UK, tourists like Robertson would be discouraged from visiting Indonesia.

French national Pierre David, enjoying his honeymoon in Sekotong, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, said a couple of glasses of beer were essential for any celebration.

As tourists let off steam by drinking with friends and family on vacation, lawmakers at the House of Representatives and the government in Jakarta are working on a bill that will make it difficult to obtain alcohol.