Sunday, 29 March 2020 | 22:04 WIB

Bali Governor: Bali is Ready to Welcome Foreign Tourists

Ulun Dhanu Bratan Temple in Bali, Indonesia (wikimedia)

DENPASAR, NETRALNEWS.COM - Bali Governor Wayan Koster says that even though the world is fighting against Corona Virus, Bali is always ready to welcome foreign tourists. Bali is deemed to have good monitoring system that had been proven during the Avian Influenza (SARS) outbreak in 2003.
The statement was conveyed by the Bali Governor after heading a coordinating meeting on handling the impact of Corona Virus for Bali tourism. The meeting took place at the Bali Governor Official Resident Jaya Sabha, on Monday (02/032020).
In the meeting, which was also attended by tourism components such as Angkasa Pura Bali, Airport Authority, Quarantine Board, and other related institutions, Koster, who was accompanied by Bali Deputy Governor Tjok Artha Adhana Sukawati, explained that Bali is definitely safe to visit, and none of the tourists have been suspected of being exposed to Corona Virus.
That statement is supported by data that was reported by Head of Health Board of Bali Provincial Government. From 73.073 China tourists visiting Bali since 13th January until today, there are 18 tourists were suspected of having that virus. However, after monitoring them intensively and passing laboratory testing, there are proven not to be exposed to that virus.
"Bali is safe, and is ready to welcome tourists from various part of the world with its qualified tourism, its highly hospitality, and its cultural uniqueness. Tourist have no no need and reason to hesitate visiting Bali," Governor Koster concluded.
As a global tourism destination, Bali has indeed proven to be safe and comfortable. Bali has also been awarded 13 times in a row as The Best Island Destination from Conde de Nash magazine, and have obtained awards from international institutions like PATA, WTTC and UNWTO.

Based on data published by Bali Tourism Office, Chinese tourists are the second highest of most tourists visiting Bali after Australia. From 6,3 million foreign tourists visiting Bali in 2019, 1,185,519 (18.2%) of them are Chinese. That 2019 data shown the top number of tourists visits in Bali are from India (374.784 tourists), England (287.577 tourists), USA (277.391 tourists), and Japan (258.142 tourists).