ITS–As Mount Agung has turned calm, flights to and from Bali begin to get normal. Based on research by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG), tiny amounts of volcanic ash from Mount Agung is being pushed eastward by the wind that is not to disturb the flight to and from the island.
Bali now is ready to welcome those planning to farewell the yearend and to spend new year holidays. To ensure the safety of tourism, President Jokowi visited and chaired a cabinet meeting in the island, named the world’s top travel destination by TripAdvisor this year.
Before the cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said: “For those of you who changed your year-end vacation plans due to Mt Agung, I encourage you to come to Bali. I have a guarantee that Bali is safe now”.
Energy Minister Ignasius Jonan added: “For those who have plans to vacation in Bali, there’s no need to doubt or be worried about the status of Mount Agung. Bali is very safe to visit.”
Priviously, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya also asserted that Bali is normal and safe for visitors.
“As previously conveyed by Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Bali is normal except for a 6- to 10-kilometer radius from Mt Agung’s peak, which is still on alert,” Arief told a press conference at the Tourism Ministry’s office on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.
Mario Manalu & Rinina