SEOUL, South Korea – A serene, humid night in a secluded beach resort on the outskirts of Jakarta looks like a perfect spot to soak up the sun and relax after a long day of work.
It is, however, far from the norm for the owners of the serene beach resort in the Indonesian city of Seongnam.
The island of Bali, also known as Bali-e-Bali, is a popular holiday spot for those seeking a more secluded holiday.
But this year, the resort’s owners, Seongmoo & Co, have been forced to ban all alcohol in the beach resort and are even putting up barriers around the pool where guests can splash and swim.
The resort’s owner, Seo Jin-young, says the ban has helped him and his team keep the beach clean and safe.
“We have a strict policy that alcohol is not allowed inside the resort,” he told Al Jazeera.
“We put up barriers and security guards and even security cameras.”
But the ban is not just for the resort owners.
For the last few years, the Bali tourism industry has suffered from rising alcohol prices and the impact of the economic downturn.
Seo says that after years of seeing many of his employees go home to the country of about 200,000 people, the company has started to see the impact on its business.
“A lot of people have gone home to Bali and there are many that are now going back home, and many of them are going to Bili because they cannot afford the prices of alcohol,” he said.
The problem has been exacerbated by the increasing number of foreigners arriving to Indonesia to work in tourism and the resort has seen an increase in business.
This year, about 80% of the revenue from the resort came from foreign visitors, which Seo says is a positive sign.
But Seo admits the situation is not getting any better.
“This is the first time I have been here in five years and I am worried about my employees.
I have to say that I am very worried about this situation,” he explained.”
Many of my employees are now leaving Bali for other countries, and that is a serious issue.”
The Indonesian Tourism Council has estimated that the resort is now losing $300 million a year because of the problem, according to local media.
But many of the Bili-based hotels have already begun to reconsider their business plans and resort owners are worried about their own ability to survive in the coming years.
“If we don’t do something soon, Bili will not be able to sustain itself and the hotels will lose their revenue,” said a local business owner, who declined to be named.
Seongmoe & Co is one of several tourist resorts that have been closed due to the rise in alcohol consumption.
The resort is also one of the main reasons that the tourism industry is in a state of flux in Indonesia.
“I think we are going through a tough time,” Seo said.
“This is one problem that we are facing right now, and we are not able to solve it.”
Seongnam is one the largest beach resorts in Indonesia and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, such as Bintang, Bali Tambang and the island of Java.
It was also the first resort in Indonesia to be approved by the government to host a Grand Prix, the world championship that is considered to be among the most prestigious sporting events in the world.
The Indonesian government has made the ban permanent, which means guests who do not have a valid ID card or passport cannot stay at the resort.
Seon and his family have not been allowed to visit the resort since the ban was announced.
“It is a very sad situation,” Seon said.
“They are the ones who were not able access the hotel because they did not have their ID card.”
Seo believes the ban on alcohol will help his business.
“People who have been away from Bali will be able see how our resort is going to grow,” he added.
The ban on drinking in the resort comes just a week after the Indonesian government banned smoking in public places, in a move that was welcomed by many in the industry.
Many of the resorts in Bali are also seeing a spike in tourists.
But the ban means Seo and his employees are losing money, and the tourist economy in Bili is in tatters.
“The only way to survive is to not come to Bilyang.
Bilyan is very important for us and we cannot afford to lose this important business,” Seongmu said.