Tourism Minister Arief Yahya on Thursday (05/10) visited Besakih Temple in Bali to monitor the current situation near Mount Agung, Bali, which might soon erupt. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Tourism Minister Monitors Mount Agung Eruption in Bali

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

OCTOBER 06, 2017

Jakarta. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya on Thursday (05/10) visited Besakih Temple in Bali to monitor the current situation near Mount Agung, which might soon erupt.

The government has issued an exclusion zone of a 12 km radius from the volcano, whose alert status has been increased to the highest level.

During his visit, the minister was accompanied by a team from the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), the ministry’s communication staff Don Kardono, head of Bali Tourism Agency Agung Budhiarta and head of Bali Tourism Academy (STP Bali) Dewa Byomantara.

The minister suggested that locals and tourists follow any regulation issued by the authorities and to stay calm since the government has prepared plans for disaster management.

"A crisis center has been established and is led by the Balinese governor," Arief said in a statement on Friday.

He said the priority for the government is to ensure safety for all the people near Mount Agung, including tourists.

In anticipation of the closure of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, the ministry has prepared a number of ships in Gilimanuk Port and Padang Bai to transport passengers to Java and Lombok.

Within a week, the ministry also plans to direct the local and foreign tourists to Lombok using prepared transportation such as ferries.

The Tourism Ministry is also coordinating with the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) to prepare a special discount for tourists who must stay longer if the airport closes down.

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