Domestic tourism on the up as Bali reaches 4,500 daily visitors in April

File photo of travelers at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Photo: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy
File photo of travelers at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Photo: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy

Bali is seeing a gradual increase in the number of domestic tourists this month with a daily average of 4,500 visitors, Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said today. 

In a live press conference, the minister said that the daily average was between 2,000 and 2,500 visitors back in January. The number has since almost doubled by this point to about 4,000 and 4,500 visitors. 

“This is a good achievement,” Sandiaga remarked.

”Because along with better compliance of health protocols, which makes [tourists] feel safe and comfortable, we can start cultivating trust among domestic tourists so they can be active and mobile in Bali.” 

Sandiaga added that officials are working on preparing the province’s designated green zones and controlling transmission in high-risk areas. 

As of today, Bali managed to reduce the number of its COVID-19 “red zones” from five regions on April 11 to just one, namely Badung regency. However, other cities and regencies in the province are still designated as “orange zones,” meaning they pose a medium risk of transmission. 

The uptrend in domestic tourism is likely to dip next month as Indonesia gears up to impose a mudik homecoming exodus ban and tighten travel restrictions for the period before and after the ban for Eid al-Fitr holiday. 

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