Travelers heading to Indonesia, to Bali in particular, need not be anxious about the recent Mt Agung eruption, and subsequent closure of Bali airport for 2 days in November.
“The airports are open, flights are operating normally and there is as much magic in Bali as always,” says Vinsensius Jemadu, Director Asia Pacific Promotion, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia
“We are ready for Mt Agung should there be further significant seismic events. We have addressed four main visitor concerns of safety, communication, speedy departure and costs.
Communications have been centralised. Government and tourism stakeholders have established the Bali Tourism Hospitality Task Force. Headquartered at the Bali Tourism Board, Denpasar Bali. A website and public hotline has been established.
Transport is on standby. Lombok International Airport to the East and Surabaya and Jakarta Airports are ready for additional flights. Surabaya is a 24 hour airport. Lombok and Ngurah Rai Airport Authorities have prepared additional buses in the event transport to port is required.
Industry is working to keeps costs low and flexible travellers can take advantage of good deals being offered by Bali resorts and operators. If there is an event, many operators are offering free cancellation and good discounts on extended stays”
And for our visitors who are traveling from countries requiring a visa, we are ready to action visa extensions in the event of any disruption” says Vinsensius.
Stay up to date with the latest information on Mt Agung at the Ministry of Tourism site: www.indonesia.travel/agung and The Bali Tourism Task Force at http://balitourismboard.or.id/page/mountagung/bali-air-quality.html. The hotline numbers, in Bali, are: +62 812 461 19889 and +62 877 546 89166
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