Holiday bookings to Bali up 30 per cent
Luxury Escapes today welcomed news that Indonesian authorities had lowered the alert status of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano following a significant decrease in activity.
Luxury Escapes General Manager, Blake Hutchison, said that despite the speculation around Mount Agung in recent times, Australians had continued to book holidays to Bali in droves.
“There are not many places in the world quite like Bali and it seems the speculation about Mount Agung proved no deterrent to Aussie travellers who continue to make Bali their top choice for an overseas holiday,” Mr Hutchison said.
Luxury Escapes has revealed that bookings to the holiday island have shot up by 30 per cent compared to this time last year. These insights come as Luxury Escapes sends its 250,000th customer to Bali since the Australian-based travel agency launched in 2013.
“Our bookings to Bali are stronger than they’ve ever been with more than 30,000 room nights purchased through Luxury Escapes in the past month alone.
“We did experience a spike in calls and emails through to our customer service team in late September from members seeking information about Mount Agung, but these quickly quietened down to a trickle and were in stark contrast to the very high volume of bookings being made by our members for Bali holidays.”
Mr Hutchison said he was not surprised that support for the Indonesian island remains as strong as ever with 50,000 to 60,000 travellers in and out of the island every day.
“In 2016 more than 1.2 million Australians visited Indonesia, an increase of 11 per cent over the previous year.
“In the past decade Bali has outpaced the growth of every other destination on the list of the most popular countries among Australian travellers, and, despite many weeks of speculation about Mount Agung, we see no signs of this changing.
“Amazing beaches, a colourful nightlife, incredible food and fascinating culture make Bali an obvious choice for Australians seeking a tropical state of mind,” Mr Hutchison said.