Bali Kintamani Festival postponed amid coronavirus outbreak

The Bali Kintamani Festival, originally scheduled for Feb. 8, has been postponed in the wake of a deadly outbreak of a new coronavirus in Wuhan, China.

In a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Monday, Bali Tourism Agency head Putu Astawa said a new date for the festival had yet been determined, but the agency would try to hold the event this year or after fears over the virus have calmed.

The Chinese government has already implemented anticipatory steps that include limiting flights from and to the country, which has reportedly affected Chinese tourist arrivals in Bali.

“The decrease in tourist visits will surely happen following a new policy from the Chinese government. However, it’s also high time that we examine our own situation, especially regarding tourism-related issues such as environment, waste, traffic congestion and clean water,” Astawa said. “It’s about time that we do something about [these matters].”

He added that efforts should be made to counter negative news regarding Bali’s tourism image.

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