While tourists from all around the world are once again flying to Bali after the worst of the pandemic, officials have noted that the island has seen a declining number of British tourists.
A representative of the Embassy of the UK in Jakarta cited Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the main cause for the decline.
Matt Downing, Deputy Head of Mission and Consul-General to Indonesia and Timor Leste at the embassy, said yesterday that the Eastern European conflict affected their country’s economy and thus citizens’ financial ability to travel.
“The Russian war indirectly caused soaring prices in Britain, from electricity to food,” he said after meeting with Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati AKA Cok Ace yesterday in Denpasar.
Downing noted that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, around 200,000 British travelers visited Bali each year. However, since the pandemic, only a total of 100,000 British tourists have traveled to the resort island.
“We are trying to increase this number,” he said, adding that the British Consulate in Bali will help promote the island as a safe tourism destination for British tourists.
An influx of travelers from China is to be expected soon in Bali as the island’s top tourism official said that at least four airlines have applied for direct flights…
30 Jan 2023
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