Bali Tourism Board (BTB) through Media Center Bali Tourism Hospitality convinced the world that should the eruption of Mount Agung occurs, 98 percent of destinations in Bali are still safe to visit.
“According to the information of BNPB (National Disaster Management Authority), 98 percent of the tourist areas in Bali are safe in case of Mount Agung eruption,” said Dewa Gede Ngurah Byomantara, the Head of 3rd Division of Bali Tourism Hospitality during a press conference at the Bali Tourism Board Building, Renon, Tuesday (10/10), as quoted by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry official website.
He said that if the mount eruption occurs, there were only 2 percent of tourist objects affected; those were Besakih and Tulamben as well as Tirta Gangga.
“While Kuta, Ubud and Nusa Dua are far away from the location of Mount Agung,” he said.
Dewa Gede Ngurah said that until now the area outside 12 kilometers of the Mount Agung crater was assured included in the safe category.
“We cooperate with Bali Government Tourism Office and other components to be able to provide explanations regarding Mount Agung and its impact,” he said.
In the case of an eruption, the tourism board will provide facilities to tourists, including free accommodations and transportation to the airport. Similar messages of assurances have also been voiced by Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika and Tourism Minister Yahya Arief. “Bali remains safe for tourist visits by both domestic and foreign travellers. We have taken various anticipatory measures and are well prepared in case of an eruption,” the minister said on October 5, Indonesia Expat reported.
While the government has assured tourist facilities and safety in the case of eruption, it must be noted that past volcanic eruptions in Indonesia created evacuations, travel delays and disruptions at airports due to massive ash and dust clouds that spewed forth.
BTB has prepared three steps to mitigate the eruption of Mount Agung; first step is the alert phase that is the time of mount eruption. Such as anticipate the fake news and perform counter to the true report.
The second step that is the eruption phase, by doing efforts so that the tourist may still stay in comfort and providing free stay and evacuation at the airport that has been prepared. The last phase is performing tourism recovery in 2018.