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Yogya Quake Causes Drop in Domestic Arrivals

Local Guides and Shop Operators Estimate Domestic Tourism is Down by 50% Following Java's Earthquake.

(6/20/2006) According to an article published in the Indonesian language BisnisBali, domestic visitors to Bali during the current travel peak of Indonesian school holidays have decreased dramatically in the wake of the massive earthquake that devastated Central Java and parts of Yogyakarta on May 27, 2006.

I Made Wijana, a local guide who normally handles domestic tour groups, told the newspaper: "During school holidays like now, domestic tourists from Java usually flood into Bali. Now, because of the earthquake (in Java), totals visitors are down."

According to Wijana, the advent of Indonesian school holidays would bring an average of 20 large bus every days from Java to Bali, a total that has dropped by 50% following last month's earthquake.

Another domestic guide, Eti, suggested that the tragedy in Central Java has temporarily reduced the desire of tourist from major population centers throughout Java to travel away from home to destinations such as Bali.

Supporting the view that domestic tourism is down was Robani, a seller of Balinese handicrafts in the village of Celuk. "Since the earthquake in Yogyakarta we've really felt the reduction in domestic tourists from Java," he explained.

I.A. Warsiki, an art shop operator from Sukawati, interviewed by Bisnis Bali confirmed that profits and visitors are both down during the current school holiday period as compared to years' past.