For you belong to the underwater lovers, especially marine tourism, Tulamben definitely has been very familiar. Well, the marine tourism area of Tulamben, Karangasem, is now growing. This growth is in line with the optimism of tourism players in Tulamben. The occupancy rate of the accommodation at this prominent diving and snorkeling site has reached
For you belong to the underwater lovers, especially marine tourism, Tulamben definitely has been very familiar. Well, the marine tourism area of Tulamben, Karangasem, is now growing. This growth is in line with the optimism of tourism players in Tulamben. The occupancy rate of the accommodation at this prominent diving and snorkeling site has reached 30 percent dominated by Chinese tourists.
Manager of Ocean View Tulamben Dive and Resort, Sita Marlina, said not long ago that Tulamben offers the beauty of coral reef under the sea. Until February 2018, the natural beauty can also make Tulamben revive after being dormant from the tourism activities when the condition of Mount Agung was in the first warning alert level on September 22, 2017. “Currently, the condition has begun to improve. Hotel occupancy rate has been growing by 30 percent from its normal condition during the period of January-February existing in the range of 70 percent,” he said.
Hotel occupancy has shown improved conditions since the beginning of the year marked by a 30-percent increase in the visits to tourist attractions where 20 percent come from China and the rest from Russia. This condition is much different when the Mount Agung was in the first warning alert level in September – October 2017 that already entered full booking but was then followed by many cancellations.
“At that time, there was anxiety because it was the first disaster experienced after the last eruption of Mount Agung. The anxiety is more directed to explain about the conditions occurred to tourists having made a reservation, especially to Turkish tourists whose country has no volcano,” he said.
Another impact of Mount Agung condition at the time, said Sita, was a dramatic decrease in occupancy. In September 2017, the occupancy reached 90 percent then in October there was no visit at all, in November (60 percent) and in December there was no visit. When entering 2018, the condition was getting better though it grows minimally, namely 30 percent respectively in January and February from the ideal growth of 30-70 percent in normal condition. “In January to February, actually it has entered low season while high season generally occurs in July-November marked with full booking,” he said.
Nevertheless, he constantly continued to do various promotions either through online, including dissemination related to the latest conditions of Bali especially Tulamben that has improved. As realized, to convince tourists to come back is not easy because there was much incorrect information spreading related to the impact of Mount Agung. He also provided discounts in the range of 50 percent until the end of March.
Visitors from the Netherlands and Germany, Margriet van Dijken and Sarah Krüger, when met admitted this was the first time for them to visit Tulamben and did not know anything associated with Mount Agung. Nevertheless, they are very happy to come to the attraction that offers the underwater beauty as the location is quiet and the atmosphere is pleasant. They will also tell their friends in their home country that Bali is safe and Tulamben tourism has been opened.