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Indonesian Hotels Face Carnage From Widodo’s Spending Cuts

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At the former Dutch colonial hill retreat of Bogor, Indonesian hotelier Kosasih Kadra is fretting over empty rooms and blaming President Joko Widodo for it.

Widodo banned civil servants from hosting meetings in hotels starting in December and cut the allowances they get for attending. That’s hurting places like Bogor, where government events have accounted for as much as 60 percent of the hospitality business, according to Kadra, secretary of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association in the city.