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Bali earthquake update: Is it safe to travel to Bali? Can tourism recover?


Aftershocks have continued to rock Lombok following the earthquake on August 5.

The death toll has risen to at least 347 on the island, which is home to hundreds of holiday resorts. 

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is warning people to only travel to the Gili Islands, off the north-west coast of Lombok, if it is essential.

A statement read: “There is a risk of aftershocks following the earthquake on Sunday, which could cause further damage to buildings and pose risks to safety.

“In the event of serious injury, access to immediate medical assistance on the islands is extremely limited. There also continue to be power outages and a lack of clean water.

“If you have remained on the islands and now wish to leave, contact the local Tourist Police on the islands for up-to-date information on departure options.”

Can tourism recover?

lombok tourism A woman walks past collapsed houses in Kayangan in northern Lombok

Tourism is a huge part of Lombok’s economy, according to the New York Times.

The island does not get the same numbers as next door neighbour Bali, however, the government has dubbed Lombok an emerging destination.

President Joko Widodo named 10 places around Indonesia’s islands to rival Bali for tourism, and the Mandalika development, in south Lombok was one of the places chosen.

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However, there are fears the earthquake has put people off traveling to the island.

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John Konstantinidis, general manager of Authentic Lombok, a tour operator based in the popular, west-coast beach area Senggigi, told the New York Times he has lost 50 percent of bookings over the past couple of weeks.

He said: “Travellers are panicking.

“A lot of people are also cancelling because their hotels are damaged.”

However, some toursim businesses in Lombok are continuing to trade as though nothing has happened.

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Erik Barreto is a founder of Rascal Republic, which has hospitality projects around Indonesia, including Lombok.

He said: “There are people in affected areas that can’t get food and water. But we have a site in the south where we are building villas and a hotel called Samara Bay and there was no physical damage.

He added “Places usually fully recover in two to three years” after major natural disasters.

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