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Bali bookings pick up as volcano seems calmer

Hoteliers on the Indonesian holiday island tell of a return in confidence.

Hoteliers on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali have seen a gradual return in confidence, with both leisure and business traveller numbers on the rise, TTG Asia reports.

This comes after the destination reported countless cancellations following Mount Agung’s eruption last year, resulting in low occupancy during the peak months of November and December.

“Some hotels were forced to ask staff to take leave as occupancy was so low, but the situation started to improve during the Christmas and New Year period,” said Anton Adijaya, director of the Bali Rani Hotel (pictured) in Kuta.

European buyers at ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018, held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last week told Adijaya they expect demand to pick up between January and June this year due to promotional fares offered by some airlines.

“We are looking at some form of promotion so that we can boost traffic,” Adijaya said, adding that bookings at the Bali Rani are picking up from April onwards.

Peter Arya, director of Maya Resorts, said, “Our European clientele know Bali well. They are aware that our hotels are far away from the [volcano]. Last year, we were doing very well with the [European] market, and this year we can at least reach the same level as we did last year.”

Last-minute bookings
Similarly, Alpha Hotel Management and Bali Villa Properties, which both manage several hotels and villas in Bali, are also seeing the market bounce back.

“Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s visit to Bali [around Christmas 2017] has really boosted the confidence of the markets,” said a Bali Villa Properties representative.

Meanwhile, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali and Bali International Convention Centre tell TTG Asia they have received last-minute business from China, allowing the resort to run at full capacity through to the end of January.

However, the volcano still remains on alert.

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