Bali welcomes again 1st flight from China as Covid guidelines ease

DENPASAR, INDONESIA: A direct flight from China landed in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for the primary time in almost three years on Sunday after the route was suspended as a result of pandemic.
No less than 210 folks had been on board the chartered airplane operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air from Shenzhen in China’s southern Guangdong province.
Some Chinese language vacationers who arrived on the airport in Bali stated they had been glad to have the prospect to journey internationally once more after China ended its strict Covid-19 restrictions.
“I really feel very comfortable and relaxed. It was a very long time we didn’t go overseas,” stated An Pei, a Chinese language vacationer who was on the flight.
The flight adopted the Chinese language authorities’s resolution to raise journey restrictions introduced on January 8 and it coincided with the beginning of the Lunar New Yr, which was being marked Sunday.
The Shenzhen-to-Bali route will function as soon as every week throughout its preliminary part, in response to a press release from Danang Mandala Prihantoro, a spokesperson for Lion Air.
Indonesia is focusing on 255,000 vacationers from China in 2023. Indonesia recorded 94,924 visits from China from January to October 2022. Greater than 2 million vacationers from China visited Indonesia annually earlier than the pandemic.
The return of Chinese language vacationers is anticipated to assist the general goal of international vacationer arrivals this yr. Indonesia goals to report 3.5 million to 7.4 million international visits, stated Sandiaga Uno, the minister of tourism and inventive financial system, in a press release Friday. China is likely one of the largest markets for inbound tourism in Indonesia.
“Based mostly on on-line journey agent knowledge in China, there was a rise in search quantity for abroad vacationer locations by 430%. Indonesia is within the high 5 searches and Bali’s search quantity has elevated by 250%,” Uno stated.
Indonesia’s authorities is exploring methods to draw extra Chinese language vacationers, together with the potential for direct flights from three primary cities in China, similar to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.