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    Bali Hosts Mainland Chinese Media Tour

    Tourism Ministry Invites Chinese Media to Bali to See First-Hand that Bali Remains Safe


    The Assistant Deputy for development of the Asia-Pacific Market from the Ministry of Tourism, Vinsensius Jemadu, recently welcomed a familiarization trip of Bali for 9 member of the Mainland Chinese Market.

    As reported by Kompas.com, the “fam trip” was intended to promote the theme of “Wonderful Indonesia” in order to stimulate Chinese tourism to Bali by demonstrating that Bali remains a safe destination.

    Jemadu, speaking before a press conference, said that incorrect news that Mount Agung had already erupted was being reported to the Chinese public and needs to be rectified in order to maintain the high level of desire among that market to travel to Bali.

    “By hosting ‘fam trips’ such as these, we wish to convince people that Bali remains a safe place to visit,” said Vensensius Jemadu on Monday, October 23, 2017. Earlier, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika had explained that if an actual eruption of Mount Agung takes place, a danger zone measuring 12-kilometers from the Mountain’s peak has been evacuated to prevent the loss of life and injuries.

    The Government has also formed Bali Tourism Hospitality Center within the Bali Tourism Board to assist tourists should an eruption of Mount Agung occur. In the meantime, tourism objects in Bali continue to operate normally.

    Jemadu the “fam trip” was just one of a number of activities underway to help Indonesia hit a target of 2 million Chinese tourists to Indonesia from among the total 15 million foreign tourist targeted nation-wide.

    The Tourism Ministry official, referring to the hosting of members of the Chinese media, said: “The online media in China is very influential. Young people use online media to obtain information on Bali tourism.”

    During the tour of Bali, the Chinese media workers visited village settings in Ubud, saw a cultural performance in Uluwatu, and sampled the culinary offerings of Jimbaran and Seminyak. During a tour of the Nusa Dua area, the Chinese journalists also participated in water sports activities at Tanjung Benoa.

    Chinese visitors to Bali passed the one million mark at the end of August, achieving 1,048,270. Compared to the same period one year before, Mainland Chinese tourists visits have increased 58.48%.

    Nation-wide, Chinese visitors to Indonesian prefer visits to Bali, Jakarta, Tanjung Uban, Batam and Manado.

    According to information from the Indonesian Tourism Ministry, Chinese tourists dedicate their holidays to water sports, beach visits, touring, shopping and dining.

    Among the media members visiting Bali on the media visit were China News Service (CNS), NetEase (163), Xinhua News Agency, Xinmin Network, Yangtse Evening Post, JiangSu TV, The Paper News, Oriental Guardian and the Shanghai Morning Post.

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    Watch: Balinese priest leads ceremony on top of smoking Agung volcano

    Captivating footage shows a Balinese priest performing a ceremony at the summit of Mount Agung, the island’s rumbling, smoking volcano.

    The priest rings a bell and chants prayers as white steam eerily emerges from the crater.

    The video, shared by the priest, Jero Mangku Ada, was shot on Thursday morning when a group of 253 Balinese villagers hiked up the volcano to pray on Manis Galungan, the day after one of the holiest of days on the Balinese Hindu Saka calendar, Galungan.

    While Mount Agung is no longer on the highest alert level for an eruption, as of Oct. 29 when it was downgraded from level IV (danger) to level III (standby), volcanologists are still on the watch for an eruption. The exclusion zone was reduced from a radius of nine to 12 kilometers, but a red zone spanning six to seven and a half kilometers from the crater now remains in place. 

    Prior to Agung’s downgrading, Balinese priests had summited the mountain when Agung was at highest alert level to conduct prayers and to show that the volcano wasn’t dangerous on several instances. However, after a French man went up to shoot photos of his own from the crater, the government put up checkpoints at the trails leading up to Agung.

    Though clearly exceptions have been made for Manis Galungan and for those wishing to perform other religious ceremonies at the crater—Ada says he was last up on the 29th.

    As Bali’s highest peak, standing at some 3,142 meters, Mount Agung is regarded by the Balinese as sacred.

    Despite alert status’ downgrading, the priest believes that we better watch Mount Agung closely and that it could erupt.

    “Compared with the 29th, there’s already a change. At that time, my belief was not strong that Mount Agung would erupt.

    “But after seeing it again earlier, we must seriously watch Mount Agung,” the priest told Tribun Bali on Thursday.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/watch-balinese-priest-leads-ceremony-top-smoking-agung-volcano/
    Re-posted by Pande

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