Jakarta - Indonesia’s tourism industry is at risk of collapse if the country brings a proposed alcohol ban into effect, according to a travel expert.
The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) has raised grave concerns ahead of a government decision on the prohibition of alcohol nationwide.
The proposal is for a nationwide ban on the production, distribution and consumption of alcoholic drinks.
It has sparked widespread debate in the Muslim-majority country with industry experts warning it could jeopardise tourism from key markets.
PHRI head Hariyadi Sukamdani said: “If the bill is passed, our business will be done. The tourists drink alcohol all the time. It will be very inconvenient for them.”
Sukamdani has said that he thinks that despite the country being “beautiful,” he fears that with no alcohol provision, tourists simply won’t visit.