Indonesia’s tourism sector could lose US$4 billion if travel disruptions continue

Indonesia has warned that it’s tourism sector will take a US$4 billion hit if travel from China is disrupted for the whole year by the coronavirus outbreak.

Bali has already seen around 10,000 cancellations by the end of January, according to the Bali Tourism Board.

“We had two million (Chinese) visitors last year with an average spend of US$1400 per arrival,” Tourism Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said.

“With the negative trend seen in tourists from other countries, the loss would be even more significant. We will lose US$4 billion.”

Airlines are being encouraged to discount fares for routes to Bali, the island of Bintan and Manado city in North Sulawesi to attract visitors from outside China.

Travel and tourism accounted for 6 per cent of Indonesia’s GDP in 2018, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.