Indonesian students prepare devices they intend to use to observe Wednesday's (09/03) solar eclipse. (Antara Photo/Anis Efizudin)

Hotels Booked Solid as Thousands Flock to See Solar Eclipse


MARCH 07, 2016

Jakarta. Thousands of domestic and international tourists were flocking to destinations across Indonesia on Monday to see the total solar eclipse this Wednesday, with hotels and restaurants earning an estimated total of $10 million in revenue thanks to the phenomenon.

The solar eclipse is best viewed in Palembang (South Sumatra), Bangka Belitung province, Palangkaraya (Central Kalimantan), Balikpapan (East Kalimantan), Palu (Central Sulawesi) and Ternate (North Maluku).

“In these locations all accommodations from the star hotels to budget lodgings are 100 percent booked,” Johnnie Sugiarto, deputy chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) told, adding that some tourists booked their room for the whole week.

PHRI estimated a total revenue of $10 million for hotels and restaurants in the mentioned areas this week  more than what they make during regular holiday seasons.

The PHRI said the figure does not include the spike in hotel occupancy in areas where people can witness a partial solar eclipse.