Thousands of foreign nationals decided to visit the Gili islands in Lombok to avoid the Day of Silence celebration in Bali.
The Head of Gili Hotel Association, Lalu Kusnawan, confirmed that 1,600 foreign nationals based in Bali visited the Gili islands to avoid the Day of Silence celebration. “Over 1,600 foreign visitors flew in to Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air starting 3 days prior the Day of Silence celebration,” Lalu said on Wednesday (2/3).
He explained that of the 1,600 visitors, 1,000 of them visited Gili Trawangan while the rest were spread among the other Gilis such as Gili Meno and Gili Air.
They went there using fastboats through the Padangbai Port in Karangasem, Bali. Although the hotels in Gili didn’t advertise special packages over the annual celebration, the influx of tourists have surged, with the average length of stay being 3 to 5 days.
Lalu admitted that the rise in visitors had a significant economic impact on the tourism sector of the Gili islands.
“Hotels, local vendors, bicycle rentals, and diving equipment rentals are benefiting from this incident. I have to admit that the economic impact is more significant as compared to the Superbike Race season in November 2021,” Lalu concluded.
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