According to a report published by portal Tempo.co on September 13, the finals of Miss World will definitely have to take place in Bali, although organizers made a plea to the government due to logistical reasons.
Organizers have stated that doing the final in Bali would be “impossible” due to several factors including hotel occupation, transportation of all equipment for the telecast, among many other things.
Syafril Nasution, Director of Corporate Affairs at RCTI, said that they will finally change the event to Bali. “As good citizens, we will follow the Government’s orders” he told Tempo on September 12th.
Syafril added that the MNC Group team have been trying to talk with the government several times, but they could not persuade them to change their minds. He said that he regretted this decision as they have prepared for the event during three years and now they have only two weeks to make it all possible in Bali.
The main priority at the moment is to get a proper venue and a good hotel for all the contestants, who were supposed to travel to Jakarta on Friday.
Viana Igah (Marketing Manager of the Grand Hyatt Jakarta) confirmed that all reservations made to this hotel -which would be the official host hotel during all of the contestants’ stay in Jakarta- have been cancelled.
Igah added that the hotel was told about the final decision on Wednesday, and did not want to incur about details or any loss of compensation incurred by the hotel due to the cancellation of the pageant.
The finals of Miss World 2013, originally scheduled to be held at the Sentul International Convention Center in Bogor, were suddenly switched to Bali after protesters took the streets of Jakarta.
At the moment, the Miss World Organization has not released an official statement regarding this matter.