Bali vice governor estimates 10,000 domestic tourist arrivals per day for end-of-year holiday
Authorities in Bali are forecasting an increase in tourists for the holiday season this year, after the Indonesian government lowered prices for swab PCR tests this week.
The benchmark COVID-19 diagnostic tool has been made mandatory on all domestic flights and is expected to become a standard requirement on all modes of public transport in Indonesia. In its first announcement, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) said the requirement resulted in the cancellation of some reservations.
Now that the government has made PCR testing slightly more accessible to Indonesians with a price drop to IDR 275,000 (US $ 19), Bali officials are quite optimistic that the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays will attract more. tourists on the island.
” We hope that [during Christmas and New Year] it will be over 10,000 and 12,000 for domestic tourists, I hope the number of foreign tourists will also increase, ”said Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, or Cok Ace.
The official said that on average, around 6,500 domestic tourists visit Bali each day.
The stress of the holidays was quite real for many Indonesians towards the end of 2020, especially those who had planned to visit Bali for Christmas and New Years. Authorities imposed last-minute changes to travel requirements, which included a negative result of a swab PCR test for air travelers. On top of that, PCR tests were much more expensive then than today, where they cost around IDR 900K ($ 63.53).
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