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Bali Tourism Chief Urges Tourists Evacuated from Lombok be Given Hotel Discounts
Beritabali.com reports that the Head of the Bali Tourism Office, A.A. Gede Yuniartha Putra, is urging hotels and accommodation providers in Bali to give discounts and “maximum” service to foreign tourists who have been evacuated to Bali from earthquake-stricken Lombok as a means of maintaining Bali’s positive tourism image.
Yuniartha said discounts from Bali hotels for tourism evacuees from Lombok are needed to avoid a situation in which the affected travelers become disappointed and no longer want to visit Bali in the future. Adding: “Don’t use this opportunity to make a profit. Let us serve them well. It will also be good if we can extend a discount, remembering that the core business of Bali is tourism.”
Yuniartha acknowledged that all the tourism stakeholders in Bali have made excellent initiatives in handling the tourists coming to Bali from Lombok.
Continuing, Yuniartha said: “At this time, the tourism stakeholders in Bali are helping to evacuate tourists from Lombok. In Bali, we are helping them secure accommodation – this is what is being provided by Bali tourism stakeholders.”
He said that providing land transportation in Bali for evacuated tourists from Lombok will be paid from a budget provided by the Ministry of Tourism. He said as many as 2,000 tourists were been welcomed to Bali from Lombok in the 3 days immediately following the August 5th earthquake.