Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has welcomed the Australian government's decision to downgrade the travel advisory to Bali that has remained in place since 2002.
Travellers to Bali were previously advised to “reconsider the need to travel” while now it advises to “exercise a high degree of caution”, a move BHA has actively been campaigning for many years.
Australian ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty told the country’s national news agency, Antara that “this a positive development based on a carefully considered assessment of the level of threat to Australian travellers in Indonesia”.
BHA chairman Jean-Charles Le Coz also expressed excitement that the association’s efforts in maintaining safety and security have been recognized internationally.
Australia is Bali’s biggest market with a share of more than 26 per cent. Visitor arrivals from Australia saw a 24 per cent year-on-year increase in March 2012.
Mr Le Coz attributed the renewed confidence in the island’s security as a boost to the performance on both leisure and MICE business. “Many Australians view Bali as their home away from home. We look forward to welcoming more to our shores this year,” he concluded.