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Bali Tourism: 20% visitor arrival drop because of irresponsible reports

Bali Tourism: 20% visitor arrival drop because of irresponsible reports

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A volcano has been an ongoing threat for tourists to consider Bali as a holiday destination.
Tour operators in Bali urge tourists to keep visiting Bali as it is perfectly safe to do so. Tourism professional and inbound tour operators in Bali love the  #IaminBaliNOW campaign.

According to a leading tour operator, there had been at least a 20% drop in tourism bookings in the Bali tourism sector at large, since the 3031m (9944ft) Mt Agung volcano started to show increased signs of activity in the third week of September.

There has been no explosion. There may never be. And the vast majority of Bali’s tourism activities take place between 30 and 60 km [18 and 37 miles] from Mt Agung, at a safe distance.

Bali Tourism professional think, irresponsible reporting, and comments on social media have created an unwarranted fear factor while the situation on the ground in Bali remains calm and tourism operators remain fully open for business.

Tourism is by far the largest economic sector in Bali, accounting for around 40% of the local economy, although reliable statistics are hard to find.

No major government travel advisories have been issued recommending tourists to cancel. Instead, overseas governments advise tourists to monitor reliable media reports and follow advice from Balinese provincial authorities.

Travel advisories admit that volcanic ash clouds may cause aviation disruption if Mt Agung erupts.

At the moment it is safe in Bali, so tourists should contact their tour operator to confirm travel plans – and stick to their intention to visit Bali.
Bali tourism professionals want the industry to know that they would tell clients if they thought traveling to Bali was not safe.

The #iaminBaliNOW social media campaign has been launched to support Balinese tourism and show tourists in Bali having a great time now – despite speculation about Mt Agung.

The campaign, launched by Bali-based Alex Tusk, and is modelled on the crowd-sourced social media campaign that Nepal used in 2015 following the major earthquake there.

Tusk said: “Persistent misinformation is threatening the livelihood of many entrepreneurs, their staff and families who rely on tourism income in Bali — not only those directly in the tourism sector but also, for example, farmers, who supply restaurants and hotels.”

#IaminBaliNOW aims to address the issue head on with the facts.

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