Bali’s Tourism Incurs Rp45 Billion in Losses Due to Barujari Volcano Eruption

Bali’s Tourism Agency stated that the Province’s tourism sector has incurred Rp45 billion in losses due to the eruption of Mount Barujari in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, quoted from tempo.co.

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“We estimate the losses to be around Rp45 billion as a result of the disruptions to the airport’s operation,” said the Head of Bali’s Tourism Agency, Agung Yuniartha, in Kuta on Monday, November 9, 2015. Accoding to Yuniartha, there were at least 25,000 foreign visitors have cancelled their plans to visit Bali – which roughly corresponds to the number of cancelled hotel bookings, since the airport was first closed on Tuesday, November 3.

Furthermore, the disruptions necessitated the cancellations of several international events that were scheduled to take place in Bali. “The tourism sector is hit by the cancellations – on average, hotels are losing around US$1,500 per day,” said Yuniartha.

At least 692 flights – both domestic and international – have been cancelled as a result of the eruption, stranding thousands of passengers in Denpasar until flights resume its’ normal schedule.

Several international air carrier – including Jetstar and Virgin Australia – have cancelled their services to and from Denpasar, despite the fact that Ngurah Rai International Airport is operating as per usual.

All domestic flights heading to and from Bali are operating under their normal schedules – except Lombok-bound flights, as the airports are still closed today.

Source: tempo.co

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