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Mount Agung eruption and Bali Tourism Impact

Mount Agung eruption in Karang Asem Bali

Mount Agung is one of the highest volcanoes in Bali province. Mount Agung has a height of 3,014 meters above sea level (dpl) and is believed to be the residence of the ancestral spirits of the Balinese Hindu community. Since September 2017 Mount Agung began to show its existence with several eruptions and issued a hot cloud. Many residents are evacuated mainly living in hazardous areas with a radius of 10km from the top of the mountain.

Many people depend on the slopes of Mount Agung. Sources of income of local residents such as farmers, traders and also the tourism industry almost completely paralyzed. One of the objects affected by the majestic mountain is Besakih temple. It is located only a few kilometers from the top of the majestic mountain.

The negative impacts caused by the eruption of the majestic mountains are on the lid of the international airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai. All flights from and to Bali had been dead for a few days, even though it is now open again. The local and foreign tourists cannot go back to Bali and also can not come to Bali.

Ever since the eruption of the majestic mountain and at the close of the international airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Bali tourism almost completely paralyzed. Based on our observations, the average occupancy rate of hotels is only 10% to 30%. Even in certain areas there is a close and lay off employees. There is also a take advantage of this moment to clean up and renovate the hotel facilities. Such as Hotel Equity Jimbaran take advantage of this moment to add facilities on the 3rd floor and renovate deluxe poolside rooms.

Then how long will this condition last? no one knows how long. Based on the experience of 1963, the majestic mountains began eruption in 1961 and only erupted two years later. The question now, is the majestic mountain still embarrassed to burst? The longer this happens, the bigger the problems Bali will face. Unemployment will make the biggest negative contribution and if it happens it will be difficult to restore it to its original state.

All can only hope that the great mountain back to sleep soundly and let everyone enjoy the beautiful view of the famous mountain on the island of Bali.

Written By:

Julizar, SE., MM, CPA