#LebaranIsComing: Bali gears up for expected influx of domestic tourists during upcoming Eid holiday

Tourists visiting a water palace in Bali. Photo: Pixabay
Tourists visiting a water palace in Bali. Photo: Pixabay

Hotels in Bali are preparing for an increase in occupancy rates of up to 5 percent for this year’s Lebaran (Eid) holiday, as domestic tourists are expected to flock to the Island of Gods during the long holiday. In fact, many hotels are already almost fully booked, according to reports. 

Counting government-mandated collective leave days, the Lebaran holiday runs from April 19 to 25 this year, while the Islamic holiday itself will fall on April 22 and 23.

Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati AKA Cok Ace was quoted by CNN Indonesia as saying that the occupancy rates of the island’s hotels are expected to increase between 3 and 5 percent during the Lebaran holiday season. Hotels in areas that are particularly popular among domestic tourists, such as Kuta and Nusa Dua, may see occupancy rate increases of up to 20 percent.

“Before [COVID-19], during the 2019 and the 2018 Lebaran holidays, the average increase could reach 20 percent,” he said earlier this week. 

Tourists from Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, North Sumatra, and East Kalimantan are expected to represent the majority of domestic tourists during Lebaran, according to Bali’s Tourism Agency. 

Agency head Tjokorda Bagus Pemayun said that the influx of local tourists will begin seven days before the first day of Eid, meaning they are expected to arrive in huge numbers starting this weekend. He predicted starred hotels in Nusa Dua, Kuta, and Sanur would be the preferred accommodations for domestic travelers with families.

The Badung chapter of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) expects around 18,000-20,000 domestic tourists to visit Bali per day during the long holiday season. 

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