Nusa Dua closed for tourists during APEC

Nusa Dua closed for tourists during APEC
Nusa Dua Resort, Bali.

BALI - Travel agencies have already planned to place their regular guests at accommodation outside of Nusa Dua during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, which will run from Oct.1 through Oct.8.

Around 40 hotels in Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa, Jimbaran and Pecatu will only accommodate VVIP delegates including 21 state leaders, such as US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as thousands of diplomats and other summit participants.

Ketut Ardana, chairman of the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA), Bali, said its members had informed their clients long before the summit.

There are several alternative destinations on the island for regular visitors during the summit.

"They [visitors] may stay in Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, Candidasa in Karangasem and Pemuteran in Buleleng [North Bali]," Ardana said.

Some hotels and resorts in Nusa Dua might be able to cater for regular visitors if they had vacant rooms during the summit, Ardana said.

"ASITA has just given our clients recommendations but if they are more comfortable at hotels in Nusa Dua, it is fine of course," he said.

Nusa Dua and its surrounding areas will have tight security systems in place with thousands of police and army personnel on duty around the clock. Access to Nusa Dua and the summit's entrance will be through a secured gate.

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