As Bali observes Day of Silence, tourists flock to Lombok
Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) – At least 1,600 foreign tourists from the island of Bali are currently flocking to three small islands, known locally as Gili, in North Lombok district, West Nusa Tenggara, reported on Thursday the local hotel association.
Tourists began flocking to the Gili Islands as activities in Bali came to a halt due to Thursday’s Day of Silence.
Gili Hotel Association chief Lalu Kusnawan said foreign tourists from Bali come to Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan (Matra) using speedboats.
“Foreign tourists started arriving in Gili Matra three days before the Day of Silence, and their numbers peaked on Wednesday (March 2, 2022),” Kusnawan told Mataram on Thursday.
Of the 1,600 foreign tourists, a thousand vacationed on Lombok Island at Gili Trawangan, while the rest headed for Gili Meno or Gili Air, he said.
Most tourists will spend at least three to five days on the three small islands while Hindu residents of Bali will suspend activities to observe the Day of Silence and return to Bali after activities return to normal, he said. declared.
“Local hoteliers do not offer special Day of Silence tourism packages as normal before the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, foreign tourists simply seek offers from online tourism agencies to arrange a visit here,” Kusnawan added.
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He pointed out that foreign tourists flocking to Gili Trawangan have had a positive impact on the local tourism industry, which is struggling to survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.
In addition to local hotels and tourist accommodation operators, residents operating small shops, bicycle and diving equipment rental businesses and traditional horse-drawn public transport, known locally as Cidomo, have benefited of the arrival of foreign tourists, noted Kusnawan.
“The arrival of foreign tourists during the Day of Silence had a significant impact on tourism stakeholders in the three Gilis, but this impact is not on par with what was observed during the World Superbike (WSBK ) on the Mandalika circuit last November,” said the head of the association. noted.
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