Bali to Gain from Political Condition in Thailand: GIPI

DENPASAR ~

The Indonesian Association of Tourism Industries (GIPI) of Bali said the country’s tourist island would gain from the unfavorable political condition after the military takeover of power in Thailand.

Most of the foreign tourists would change their destination from Thailand to Bali, GIPI chairman Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya said here on Monday.

“Bali would certainly receive more tourists originally planning to visit Thailand,” Ngurah Wijaya said.

Thailand has been the main rival of Bali in attracting foreign tourists especially those coming to enjoy the beauty of beaches, he said.

In addition, Thailand now has low season, he said.

He said Chinese tourists, who favor visits to Thailand and Vietnam, where anti China protest is growing lately are expected to change their destination to Bali.

A surge was already recorded in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Bali, he pointed out.

At least 45 countries have issued warning to their citizens against visits to Thailand.

Foreign tourists are sensitive to security problem, he said.

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