Although the situation is not that bad for Bali following the Mount Agung eruption, the Ministry of Tourism in Indonesia is proposing to offer discounts of up to 50% for travellers coming to the Island. Newspapers in Indonesia reported that tourists continue to come to some destinations on the island despite the fact that the volcano continues to be in eruption. The latest eruption occurred on December 24, on Christmas Eve.
The government has assured that the resort island is safe for tourists, especially for popular tourist areas in the south such as Kuta or Legian. The areas are some 75 km away from the volcano. While a 8-10 km radius around the volcano is still under Level IV for danger, other areas are now under Level 1 or excluded from the alert level. At the same time, the Minister ask all parties to remain vigilant and stay abreast of any new developments in relation to Mount Agung.
The only uncertainty is about the airport, which could close down due to ashes blowing in the southern direction.
Earlier last week, Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya had announced that in an effort to boost tourist arrivals during the year-end holiday season, discounts of up to 50 percent would be offered to tourists visiting Bali, especially for the New Year’s Eve festivities.
“Discounts of between 40 to 50 percent will be offered,” Arief said after a meeting with tourism stakeholders in Bali capital Denpasar. The Minister complained that hotels have not been very cooperative so far to provide discounts for tourists to lure them again.
The discounts would be given to both domestic and foreign tourists indicated the Minister. The Government announuced that it would help to strengthen promotion of the island by allocating US$7 million for Bali promotion. Estimation for Bali international tourist arrivals has been revised down to 5.5 million instead of six million earlier this year. Until October, the total number of tourists from overseas had reached 5 million as of October. Nationwide, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism has revealed that total foreign tourist arrivals for 2017 will fall short of a projected target of 15 million.
Next year, the government targets 16.5 to 17 million international travellers including 7 million just for Bali Island.