[BUSINESS] Koreans Banned from Tourist Locations in Bali
D-Bo , Nov. 20, 2013, 2:32 p.m.
Koreans are being denied access to multiple hotels, retailers, and even restaurants on the resort island of Bali. Feeling that they have been taken advantage of, locals on Bali are posting signs that state “No Koreans Allowed,” and others even warn with “Because of a violent incident inside this store involving a Korean person, we are banning all Korean tourists.”
It’s a bit extreme, but a previous incidents involving Korean’s finding new and imaginative ways of “making the best” of their trip to the resort. Methods such as selling extra hotel keys from their stay so others can enjoy the swimming pool, loading luggage early morning on beach gazebos to reserve space, and even an online forum instructing others how to complain for special accommodations really set the locals off.
The locals of the Indonesian vacation destination were clear with their bold move. Even though Korea sent over 25,000 tourists last year, business owners on Bali are not tolerating them anymore.
As stated in an SBS report, “There’s a pervading belief that Korean customers are evil. There’s an ongoing movement to reject Korean customers. Some luxury hotels are turning down Korean tourists even when there are rooms available.”