Proposed Bali alcohol ban may impact Australian visits

A proposed Indonesian alcohol ban may put a dent in Australian tourist visits to Bali.

Indonesia Institute president Ross Taylor said, “legislation proposed by two Islamic parties banning the consumption of all beverages containing more than 1% alcohol is considered more of a worry [than the fate of the Bali Nine drug smugglers], and could become law as early as the end of this year, if backed by President Joko Widodo.

Also of concern is a review of foreign property ownership.

The number of Australians visiting Bali over the past two months was up 16.7% over the same period last year, with more Australians arriving than any other nationality.

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