150,000 domestic tourists land in Bali ahead of holiday season

I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Photo: Bali Airport
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Photo: Bali Airport

Nearly 150,000 tourists from different parts of Indonesia flew into Bali in the first two weeks of December, with the numbers expected to rise as we get closer to the upcoming holiday season. 

Taufan Yudhistira, a spokesman from airport management firm PT Angkasa Pura I, said yesterday that the latest data reflects a 36 percent increase from the same period last month. This translates to around 10,000 people flying into Bali daily between Dec. 1-13, he added. 

“Usually, we would see [more of an increase] around the third week,” Taufan said. 

Domestic tourists have been keeping the local tourism industry afloat during the pandemic, with surges in visitors amid the loosening of travel restrictions issued by Indonesia’s central government. 

The Southeast Asian country has backtracked from previous plans to implement tighter restrictions for Christmas and New Year, though domestic tourists are still expected to follow certain requirements should they plan on traveling during this time, including being fully vaxxed.

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