Volcano Threatens Tourism to Bali

by Richard D'Ambrosio
Volcano Threatens Tourism to Bali

Photo: Marco Verch


Eruptions from Bali’s Mount Agung this weekend forced the closure of Bali’s international airport, causing the cancellation of about 445 flights, and stranding tens of thousands of travelers.

Over the weekend, Mount Agung, located on the southern tip of the island, began spewing particulates into the air as high as 30,000 feet. As a result, Ngurah Rai International Airport, the Indonesian island’s main airport in the capital of Denpasar, was closed early Monday morning as emergency management advisories were issued regarding the potential for the particulates to damage jet engines and down aircraft.

On its Twitter feed and website, Cathay Pacific noted that “special ticketing arrangements and waivers” apply for its Monday flights. Other carriers were announcing similar cancellation policies. Qantas has canceled its flight from Sydney to Denpasar for Tuesday.

The airport is not forecasting a time when it will reopen, and the Indonesian government is arranging bus and ferry connections to get tourists off the island. Cathy Pacific stated that “the situation remains volatile and can change very quickly,” and advised passengers to check back often.

Denpasar’s airport is the second busiest in Indonesia, so other airports in the region are reporting delays and cancellations. FlightAware is reporting that 232 flights are delayed at the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, about 600 miles west of Bali.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology’s Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre stated that “a small amount of ash has fallen at Denpasar Airport and across Bali's south east. Eruptions and ash falls are likely to continue for at least the next 24 hours.”

Many tourists are looking at expensive fares for a ferry from Gilimanuk port to Java’s Banyuwangi island to the west. From there, travelers can take a car, train or plane to Jakarta for international connections.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s tourism ministry said member hotels of the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association will provide a night’s free accommodation to guests affected by the airport closure.

Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, attracting about 5 million visitors in 2016. According to local authorities, tourism this fall has been hurt by Mount Agung’s eruptions, which started in September.

  0
  0
Daily Top List

UK Cities Outside of London to Visit

1. Edinburgh

2. Glasgow

3. Newcastle

4. Cardiff

5. Bath

Source: HandLuggageOnly

 

TMR THIS WEEK
http://services.travelsavers.com/AMGService.svc/REST/GetImage?ImageID=b264632d-092e-e911-b4aa-782bcb66a2f2

Culinary Travel is Key Ingredient for Authentic Journeys

Cooking classes, local cuisine, and in-home dining experiences are what travelers are craving.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Trafalgar Celebrates Ten Years of Its ‘Be My Guest’ Program
Trafalgar Celebrates Ten Years of Its ‘Be My Guest’ Program

Savings are being offered on Italy itineraries to mark where the program that pairs travelers with locals first began.

Interest in Travel to Cuba Is Up Again, Tour Operators Say
Interest in Travel to Cuba Is Up Again, Tour Operators Say

Survey respondents said they expect to see an increase in U.S. bookings this year.

Silversea Chairman Buys Majority Stake in Abercrombie & Kent
Silversea Chairman Buys Majority Stake in Abercrombie & Kent

Manfredi Lefebvre will take control with an 85 percent stake in the luxury tour operator.

Surprise! Millennials Like Traveling on Guided Vacations
Surprise! Millennials Like Traveling on Guided Vacations

A new study conducted by MMGY Global for the U.S. Tour Operators Association showed a resurgence in interest in the escorted style of touring.

Rethinking Luxury: In Search of the Un-Google-able Experience
Rethinking Luxury: In Search of the Un-Google-able Experience

Insight and Luxury Gold, the upper premium and luxury brand tours of TTC, are helping travel adapt to the upwardly evolving marketplace.

Tours for Millennials: Walks of Italy, France, and New York
Tours for Millennials: Walks of Italy, France, and New York

Two young Americans have reconfigured touring for the new, independent kind of traveler — making the world a little bit smaller and helping people make connections with other cultures.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards & Outlooks
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Luxury Gold