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Tanah Lot and Ulun Beratan Temple Suffering Visitor Downturns Due to Mount Agung Eruption


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(12/3/2017)

In connection with the continuing eruption of Mount Agung and the temporary closure of Bali’s Airport, tourist attractions in the Tabanan Regency of West Bali are recording dramatic declines in visitor totals.

NusaBali reports that the iconic seaside Tanah Lot Temple and Ulun Beratan Temple at Candikunung are experiencing a sudden and significant dearth of visitors.

Tanah Lot visitor totals are down 30%. While during “normal times” an average of 8,000 domestic and international tourists come to see and photograph the temple standing in the ocean a short distance from the shoreline, current counts are now closer to 5,000 daily visitors. When NusaBali visited Tanah Lot on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, it reported a markedly quieter atmosphere and a parking lot part empty.

The Manager of Tanah Lot, I Wayan Toya Adnyana, lamented the downturn in visitors, blaming the continuing eruption of Mount Agung and the temporary closure of Bali’s airport for the visitor drop.

To try to build visitor numbers during the current situation, Tanah Lot’s managers are launching campaigns on social media and travel partners assuring the public that Bali remains safe for visitors. Work on improvements and repairs on the surrounding infrastructure continue at the popular destination for tourist visitors.

Meanwhile, the Ulun Danu Beratan tourist area in Bali’s mountain lake district has also experienced a drop in visitors linked to the continuing active state of Mount Agung. Visitor tickets sold have declined from a normal 2,000 coupons daily to only 800 coupons per day. The manager of Ulun Danu Beratan, I Wayan Mustika, complained: “It’s very quiet. Visitor numbers are down 60%.”

Given the current situation, the managements of both destinations are hesitant to predict visitor numbers during the coming Christmas and New Year holiday period, usually a peak period for visitors.

With the reopening of Bali’s airport on Wednesday, November 29th after a two day closure, both Tanah Lot and Ulun Danu Beratan have commenced promotion programs emphasizing their locations are far-removed from any areas designated as under threat should a significant eruption of Mount Agung actually occur.


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