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Bali Expects 82 Billion Loss As Corona Virus Hits Tourism

The outbreak of the 2019-nCoV virus or coronavirus in China directly hit the Bali tourism sector. The local government noted that the potential loss due to the cancellation of tour packages from Chinese tourists had reached $ 6 million or Rp. 82 billion.

"Based on the data from our travel agents, the cancellation of Chinese tourist visits for this period reached 20 thousand people with a planned five-day holiday," said the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office Putu Astawa.

The Rp 82 billion loss was calculated from the total cancellation of tour package orders multiplied by the average Chinese tourist expenditure. According to Putu Astawa, the average expenditure of foreign tourists per five-day visit is around $ 300 or Rp 4.1 million.

Losses became so high because the virus started growing when China entered a peak season or a busy period of visits on Chinese New Year. Usually, during the Chinese New Year period, the level of Chinese tourist arrivals in Bali was reaching its peak.

The tourist areas in Bali hardest hit by the virus are Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, as well as the destination areas around the beaches. In addition, cruise packages and seafood restaurants were also hit. 

1.18 million Chinese tourists visited Bali in 2019. The contribution of these visits reached 18% of the total number of foreign tourists entering Bali in one year.

 

The source: Tempo
 

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