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70,000 tourists shun Bali due to volcano, says hotel body

The continuing seismic activity at Bali’s Mount Agung has resulted in the postponement of tens of thousands of trips to the Indonesian province, a major hotel body says.


The Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants (PHRI) estimates that around 70,000 international tourists have put off plans to visit Bali in October and November because of the active Mount Agung volcano.



"We have collected data on guests who had planned [to visit]. There will be about a 20% decrease," PHRI Bali chairman Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati said.


According to news agency Antara, Mr Tjokorda said that most travellers who had informed authorities of their cancellations would have been meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) visitors.


But he added that the total number of affected trips could be higher as not all properties had submitted reports of postponements.


Tjokorda also urged the government to clarify the alert advisory surrounding the volcano, which he said was misleading tourists as the only danger zone was within 12kms of the volcano.


“The tourist destinations beyond the area are safe,” he said.


Although no countries have issued official travel warnings for Bali, travel advisories have been released by Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK and the US.


With October the peak season for Bali tourism, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has asked tourists not to postpone travel to the popular resort island, which he says is safe from the volcano.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 6 October 2017

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