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Tourists arriving this afternoon at Bali airport. Credit @Ian Johansson

ACCORDING to airport traffic stats, tourist arrivals are increasing, however it’s not the same situation in hotel occupancies and recreation areas.

“Occupancies have increased, but the increase was not as significant as the airport traffic,” said Indra Trimafo Yudha, the Head of Indonesian Recreation Areas Business Association (PUTRI) of Bali Province on Wednesday.

This situation has created a question mark for tourism businessmen. They surmise that tourists are just flying to Bali in transit to other places. For example to Komodo Island, Lombok, or Labuan Bajo. Or there is a possibility that tourists arriving now don’t have much spending power.

“I asked the ITDC on December 23 and the occupancies were only about 40 percent. Meanwhile, the domestic airport traffic had increased compared to last year, and the international traffic had had a slight increase. That’s why we must evaluate, review, and research the data to find the activities of these tourist,” he said to balipost.com.

Usually, the hotels bookings were already full a week before Christmas. While from November to a week before Christmas, it was normal that the occupancies were low. But, at this moment, hotel and restaurant activities and occupancies are nowhere near normal.

 

 

 

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  • Ellie Ian
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    Because they stay in villas not registered with the tourism board as accomodation…….mystery solved

  • Julie Shelley
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    Streets are empty of people but lots of cars

  • Stuart Beat
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    Have to get you on our team. Get you a beer later this evening at least

  • Sarah
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    ive never seen singapore airport busier

  • Herling Untu W
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    Thats what happens when you keep building hotel letting restaurant pop up everywere with out any control at the end to many places to be filld so no places can survive. The local government as never heard of quota for commercial areas. It just like a flea market left with just a bunch of fleas. And this is just a taste of what to come. Just wait when the trade winds kick in from east to west. Any little fart from Agung will be send this way. So better start to think of solution for what the Airport is concern. Banyuwangi with toll road to Surabaya and fast ferries from benoa to lombok would be a very good start. But they are so lame problaly waiting for Agung to pop and go ho my god. Now that we know the consequences would be good to work for solutions. But anybody in tourism, get ready for January, February, March. Looks like its going to be so much fun. Then trades will turn around for April May june july and August. If Agung is still active Airport could be closed on and off weekly. Now Governor what do you think of that.

    • Ian Johansson
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      Exactly, and it’s a humbling thought. No doubt that the Gods are making a point here. Hubris does not go unpunished.

    • Stuart Beat
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      I read somewhere navy boats are being prepared for such an eventuality

    • Herling Untu W
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      Stuart Beat they all got the idea from watching a disaster holliwood flick. Now to make it happen its a different story.

    • Andrea Herrera
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      “get ready for January, February, March. Looks like its going to be so much fun. Then trades will turn around for April May june july and August.”

      The trade used to be April, May, June, July, August + half Sept. and mid Dec.- to first few days of Jan.

      Then the low/high/peak season just started blending and extending. And then came to rise of more and more and more and more hotels….

  • Jo Hocking
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    Maybe camping is the new trend? Or is someone fudging figures??

    • Ian Johansson
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      Bargain Hunters?

    • Jo Hocking
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      Yes day trippers or as they say just passing through…having worked in hotels there though not surprised low occupancy with number being built…this article is interesting Stuart Beat..definitely worthy of some investigative journalism to find where these peeps are… 😉

    • Stuart Beat
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      I think they’re camped out in their cars on Petitenget right now

    • Stuart Beat
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    • Jo Hocking
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      Did u honk at the dick with no helmet and shirt?

    • Stuart Beat
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      I’d be honking all day if so

  • Ray Crake
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    Yesterday

    • Stuart Beat
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      The photo above was taken late yesterday afternoon too

    • Herling Untu W
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      Stuart Beat i wanted to ask you about the new airport policie to charge pasenger 225.000 rp is it genuine? And if yes why cant i find the post anymore. It actually made me furiouse so i made some of my friends aware of it. I toke a picture of your post.

    • Stuart Beat
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      Apparently it was a 25k increase on the existing exit tax they put on your ticket already

    • Herling Untu W
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      Stuart Beat ho oke i thought they were going to extorque 25$ from our guest leaving that would be unacceptable.

    • Steve Charles
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      Airport was jammed last night at 7pm

  • John Bergman
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    The roads are full enough.

  • Ross Macfarlane
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    One needs to understand the “pipeline” effect as to why planes are full and hotels are not, just like when you open a tap and have to wait for water – if the pipe is empty…

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