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Image: Chinese Tourists are heading elsewhere. (ftnnews.com)

Thousands of Chinese tourists have cancelled their Bali trip during December 2017 until January 2018 due to the recent Mount Agung eruption and airport closure.

This information was in a statement from the Head of Bali Liang Tour Bureau (BPW) Group, Elsye Liang in Denpasar on Monday. She said that the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has set a limitation on its citizens coming to Bali, because of Mount Agung’s increased eruption activity.

“Until 2018 there won’t be any regular or charter flights to Bali,” she said to antaranews.com. According to Elsye, this announcement will really hit the Bali tourism sector until the end of January 2018. (On their website today, Garuda still appears to be flying during December and January. Ed.)

Data showed there were normally around 15 flights per day in low season and approx. 30 to 35 flights during high season from China, with approximately 150 passengers on each flight.

She also said they cannot predict the Chinese tourist visits in February, or during the Chinese New Year holidays. In the past, that was the peak of the Chinese tourist visits to Bali.

“If our government can handle the situation well in this (tourism) crisis, their impression to Bali will be good, and they will believe that our government will take care of their citizens in the critical situation like now,” she said. (Not sure which critical situation she is referring to. Ed.)

Elsye said that Chinese tourists weren’t exactly afraid of the Mount Agung eruption, but they are afraid that they cannot return to their country if there is a closure of Ngurah Rai airport again because of the ash cloud.

“We already told them that Bali is safe, there is no impact from the Mount Agung eruption (in the tourism area), but how to handle their return if Ngurah Rai airport is closed is still creating doubt. We must handle it well if there is another closure,” she concluded. (What’s handle it well mean? Bus them to SBY? Ed.)

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  • Jo Hocking
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    I think the new destination may be Sydney…

  • Ken J Wickes
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    Pretty peaceful everywhere I’ve been today.. Traffics incredibly light, and drying lunch at Jimbaran Bay, I counted 14 people on the beach as has far as I could see.

    • EL Pol
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      It is truly amazing… Jimbaran especially is quite empty…

  • Adri Ligter
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    Sunny day and quite here

  • Stuart Beat
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    We drove and walked our way around the slopes of Mount Agung over the weekend and it was a beautiful experience, relaxing and even spiritual. The people up that way seem to be cruising along quite nicely, there is a peace and serenity pervading everywhere. Tulamben is pretty much closed for business, hard to even find a warung open on that northern stretch around Kubu, and the many posko evacuation areas especially around Rendang appear to be clean and organized. There is also the usual Balinese resignation to accepting whatever comes their way, and whatever the gods serve up.
    Nice time for a bit of Volcano tourism perhaps. Report finished. Out.

    • Herling Untu W
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      I love the serenity in Bali at the moment its awesome. Fear—- fuck everything and run. Not going anywhere.

  • Billy T Bali
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    #balipurge

  • Jiro Made Sentena
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    中国人不想在这里逗留说阿贡阿贡

  • Ian Johansson
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    Sure lovely, but come here at your own peril. I think it’s safe to say that the airport probably will close again, reopen, close and so on.

  • Nusa Delma
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    Sound good

  • Luqi Liu
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    This article is written in a manner that is very unprofessional in journalism. Whoever wrote it, especially the bracketed comments, should really be ashamed in your biased reporting.

    • Seminyak Edits
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      Please explain because I can’t see any biased at all

    • Luqi Liu
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      Alright, if it’s not intentional that you wrote those bracketed comments to insinuate that the Chinese tourists are not welcome here, it’s perceived by the reader as such for the following reasons ( if these are not obvious to you) 1. “Some are calling this one of the best times in recent history to come to Bali on a holiday.” need any explanations for the title ? 2. (Not sure which critical situation she is referring to. Ed) good way to add your own opinions on a statement addressed clearly to the mess created by airport’s shutdown. These Chinese passengers were not offered any accommodations but only told to wait until further notice. Many were asked to pay extra to change their flights from Surabaya to China without even telling them how to get there. The rescheduled flights collided with groups that booked before, so many people had to wait for 3 or 4 days until they could board their rescheduled flights. ( until the embassy contacted the airline to send extra flights which are now heavily being used by the Chinese media to glorify the deeds of Chinese embassy ) If you’re truly unsure about what critical situation she referred to, it’s understandable since the volcano eruption has not really impacted daily lives of Bali, but it’s really obvious here. 3.(What’s handle it well mean? Bus them to SBY? Ed.) We all know there are nothing we could do if the airport is closed , but there are certainly many improvements can be made to better handle this situation. ( like setting up more information booths or use social media more effectively to update timely info for airport status and provide clear and alternative methods to go to Surabaya. Perhaps provide assistance and organisation in the transport and ticketing, instead of having the tourists go to the airport everyday at 5:00 am to wait until the notice at 7.) The tone in this comment is just derogatory. It’s ok that we joke about Chinese tourists being a bunch of sheep, herded by a tour guide just to take millions of selfies in front of Tanah Lot; however, as a reputable media, you really shouldn’t imply to just ship these tourists somewhere else like farm animals.

    • Seminyak Edits
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      Luqi Liu Well that looks like a lot of bias you found there. However, I beg to differ. The title was in reference to it being the most uncrowded time in Bali since 12 years ago, after the second bomb in 2005, and for some people this would be a great time to visit. It wasn’t just about Chinese, whose plight I’m not sure many people were aware of here until that story in Antara appeared this morning. Also I thought before reading the story that the Chinese may continue coming to Bali and save some of the tourism sector. That seems unlikely now.
      2. It wasn’t clear which critical situation she was talking about from the Antara story. Many people from all nations had trouble getting a flight home during those 2.5 days plus. Other people just continued their holiday. Nobody was or is in danger – unless they are caught in the 6km exclusion zone when or if there is a massive eruption.
      3. As far as we read at the time, the government was organizing buses to SBY and other places, which many had to use to get out, and the local foreign consulates had desks at the airport to offer help to their citizens, including the Chinese. I imagine it was the airlines’ responsibility to contact their passengers in regard to flight changes. Yes, the government could have been a little more organized or pro-active in getting information to them, but it was always going to be complicated. And not just for the Chinese.
      And btw, the bracketed references are more related to the article and the information, or in our opinion mis-guided information, in it than related to the Chinese people on holiday or in trouble here in Bali.
      We look forward to seeing all nationalities back in Bali having wonderful holidays soon. Thanks for your comments.

    • Jiro Made Sentena
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      hey Luqi Liu it’s no secret that most people aren’t exactly in love with that particular segment of the tourism population. not just on bali. pretty much everywhere. hmmm.. wonder why tho, huh?

    • Luqi Liu
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      Seminyak Edits Thank you for the clarification and I admit that i might have mistaken the sarcastic tone for prejudices. It’s impossible not to offend anyone these days and just seeing you link the quieter time in Bali title directly to the article of “Chinese Cancel Trips to Bali” might be quite confusing to some readers. Again, thank you for taking time explaining where you stand on the issue.

    • Luqi Liu
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      Jiro Made Sentena Trust me i know the reason quite well, working with them nonstop, but their misbehavior really are not the ground to generalize and stereotype a country of 1.3 billion population, coming from a geographic region as big as central Europe with as diverse cultures and languages too. When you look into the issues they’re having here or anywhere in the world, parts of the blames really go to those “zero-dollar” junket scheme or other tourists trap set up to target these new middle class people with little educations, who have no idea what to do with the newly accumulated wealth. Even some road side street food sellers in China can make more money than some hotel owners here, so just think about what disastrous effect that would bring.

  • Eddie Gustin
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    I don’t see the problem for Chinese tourists, they only get off the bus briefly snap a few selfies, and hop back on to the next selfie destination.
    If the airport closes, they get a couple of bonus hours of bus rides and selfie opportunities and a grand story of the Bali experience.

  • Adam Crispin
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    What’s made up? The quote is from someone saying there are no China – DPS flights, the editor notes that the Garuda site is still showing them. The source story discusses how the Chinese Government are placing restrictions on people coming to Bali.

  • Mike Flynn
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    It’s travel insurance as the main driver for Tour cancellations: if groups or individuals can’t be covered as they choose to travel to a country with ongoing natural disaster (eruption) or war zone, insurance doesn’t cover them for anything; delays, accom, cancelled tickets etc. so A package deal tourist can’t afford to cover additional unknown costs or time off work.
    Everyone needs to try to understand Agung is calling the shots on Bali’s revenue slump.

    • Ian Johansson
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      Great input, Mike. Makes perfect sense in this sea of guesses and half baked opinions!

    • Stuart Beat
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      I don’t think I’ve ever had travel insurance.

  • Intan Windy Astuti
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    I like the flag when theyr on group trip hahah and the way they screaming to eachother hha

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