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President Holds Walkabouts and a Cabinet Meeting in Bali to Help Restore Faith in World’s Best Holiday Destination


Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, emergency status, President Joko Widodo, Bali Security, Bali Safety
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(12/24/2017)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo came to Bali on Friday, December 22, 2017, to demonstrate to the world that the Island remains a safe holiday destination. Widodo took the occasion to lift the emergency disaster status put in place for the Mount Agung Volcano.

Quoted by NusaBali, the President said during his visit: “We wish to show to tourism and the world that holidaying in Bali remains safe. This is because, the effects of the eruption of Mount Agung extends only to 8-10 kilometres from the peak of the Mountain.”

During an evening Presidential Cabinet meeting that began at 8:30 pm and was attended by 22 ministers, Joko Widodo confirmed that he had been informed by Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika and the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, that Bali remains safe to visit. The President added: “This means that, in fact, tourism areas in Bali have no problem. But, because of the many inaccurate media reports on Mount Agung and travel warning issued by several countries have reduced tourism arrivals. But, beginning today it’s already busy (again).”

The President called on Indonesia’s Foreign Minister and the Minister of Tourism to continue to provide information to friendly nations that Bali is safe to visit. He also asked that coordinating ministers call on their ministerial networks to promote Bali tourism, while providing accurate information on the Island and Mount Agung.

“The Foreign Minister and the Minister of Tourism have to keep giving information that is correct and complete to our Ambassadors assigned to friendly nations so that many tourists from these nations will come to Indonesia, especially to Bali. Our Ambassadors abroad also need to be directed with accurate information should a disaster occur,” said the President.

“I have the concrete hope, especially for the Minister of Tourism and the Coordinating Minister, to invite members of the tourism industry – from PHRI, ASITA and the airlines - to promote Indonesia and Bali until things return to normal and tourism arrivals match our projected targets,” said President Widodo

Bali’s ten new destinations – labeled as “New Bali’s” have been the focus of President Joko Widodo and his team for the past 1.5 years. Whilst in Bali, the President called on the Cabinet to work on making these new destinations become popular tourist spots.

At the Cabinet meeting the President decreed that the emergency decree covering Mount Agung be withdrawn the emergency terminology no longer be used as it incorrectly instills fear in the hearts of potential holidaymakers and prompts other countries to issue travel warnings.

The remove of the “emergency disaster status” for Mount Agung does not alter the current exclusion zone that extends 8-10 kilometers from the Mountain’s crater. Humanitarian aid and logistical supplies will continue to be provided to the some 70,000 people who have evacuated from the exclusion zone.

Prior to convening a cabinet meeting, President Widodo, performed one of his legendary “walkabouts” by removing his shoes and socks and strolling down Kuta Beach where he paused to speak with visiting tourists and posed for an almost stream of "selfies." Accompanied by his staff and a number of Ministers, the President stopped by a local food stall to drink coffee and eat fried bananas.

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