Bali hopes tourism trade will rise from volcanic ashes

July 25, 2015 3:03 am

 

Ash
from Mt Raung caused chaos for tourists as airports were closed and
flights cancelled, losing millions in the peak season. Photo /
Thinkstock

The volcanic drama responsible for a grim start to Bali’s peak tourist season could also be the key to its recovery.
Throughout
July, unpredictable ash clouds from Mount Raung have intermittently
halted inbound flights, as well as the outbound flights of thousands of
Australian and other tourists.
Bali Tourism Board chairman Ida
Bagus Ngurah Wijaya says the economic loss won’t be realised until
airport arrivals are tallied next month.
In the meantime, one
idea proposed for the industry’s recovery is to pitch Indonesia’s
volcanoes as unique tourist destinations. “We want to promote the fact
that volcanoes don’t always mean danger,” Wijaya said.
“We can enjoy volcanoes in several places. Indonesia is a more exotic place because of its volcanoes.”

An ash cloud hovering around Denpasar airport was still creating delays for Virgin Australia and Jetstar passengers yesterday.
While the drama dented the budgets of tourists, the loss to Bali’s economy will be enormous.
Ngurah
Rai Airport – which was forced to close down entirely on some days due
to the ash – usually sees around 10,000 daily arrivals during the peak
season.

It’s a blast

Indonesia’s top volcanic attractions include:

Mount Bromo (East Java): The Bromo-Tengger-Semeru national park is
famous for its moon-like landscape and two very lively volcanoes, Bromo
and Semeru.
• Tangkuban Perahu (West Java): Since last erupting in
1983 it has become a popular site where tourists boil eggs in hot
springs.
• Mount Batur (Bali): The summit of this still active volcano is a popular way to see the sunrise.

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