Travel Mt Agung: Tourists return to Bali after eruption of island's volcano

04:08  15 february  2018
04:08  15 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The number of Chinese tourists in Bali fell from 100,000 to 11,500 in December, but they are returning to the island now the threat of Mt Agung volcano has been downgraded.

Chinese visitors have returned to Bali after months of a tourism blackout sparked by the eruption of the island ' s volcano . Cancellations attributed to Mt Agung have cost a island an estimated .5 billion dollars.

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Chinese visitors have returned to Bali after months of a tourism blackout sparked by the eruption of the island's volcano.

Cancellations attributed to Mt Agung have cost the island an estimated $1.5 billion dollars.

While arrivals from Australia dropped by 50 per cent at the peak of the crisis in December, arrivals from China fell from 100,000 visitors to 11,500.

China's airlines stopped flying to Bali reportedly after a directive from China's aviation authority.

But in the past week the tourists have begun returning, just in time for Chinese New Year.

"During Agung tourists went to Malaysia and Thailand, now they've come back because Bali is safe," Andreas Aris Utomo, a Mandarin-speaking tour guide at Bali's Benoa Bay, said.

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Mt Agung: Tourists return to Bali after eruption of island's volcano

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Mt Agung erupted again yesterday, emitting a 1.5 kilometre plume of ash, but the volcano has been mostly quiet since Christmas.

On the weekend, authorities reduced the mountain's alert status and reduced the size of the volcano exclusion zone from six kilometres to four from the crater.

That means that almost all evacuees have been able to return home.

When a major eruption was considered likely in November, around 150,000 locals moved in to evacuation centres.

"I feel so glad. I can return home, I'm incredibly happy," I Gusti Ayu Nia Arsiani, who sells clothes near the Besaki temple on the slopes of Mt Agung, said.

"Compared to life in limbo moving here and there in the evacuation centre. No more running around and the children's school is now back to normal again."

She expected tourists to start returning soon to Besaki.

A 12 kilometre evacuation zone set up around Mt Agung was devastating to local businesses.

"On a good day we had on average 250 tourist visits but after Agung we only have 50 visits," said rafting coordinator Komang Artawan.

"Our visitors declined fast, especially when the airport shut down for several days.

Gede Suantika, from Indonesia's Centre for Vulcanology and Disaster Mitigation, said Agung was returning to normal.

"This has been a huge relief for us, as the huge eruption we expected has not happened," he said.

"The danger, if it exists, is only inside or around the crater — so climbing is still prohibited."

Mr Artawan said he hoped the volcano was going back to sleep.

"My parents witnessed the 1963 eruption, so I only hope for the best outcome from mother nature. It's been four months of this — so we're anxious for it all to be over."

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