Bali hotels expect high occupancy during X'mas

Bali hotels expect high occupancy during X'mas

A special dinner is the top programme offered by the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) for the Christmas and New Year holiday, as it expects 80 per cent hotel occupancy.

The association's Bali chapter chairman, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, said that hotel bookings usually were made long before the date as demand rose for the end-of-year holidays.

Bookings are made ahead of time, especially by tourists preferring a particular location, and as hotels offer special prices for bookings before peak season.

Oka predicted that the peak would come in two one-week periods; before Christmas and after New Year.

"We expect this year's Christmas and New Year holidays will boost hotel occupancy to 75 to 80 per cent, assuming that the country's and Bali's situation is stable," Oka said.

"The increase will probably focus in southern Bali, like hotels in Kuta, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Denpasar and Ubud," he said.

Oka said the peak of incoming tourists would be around the end-of-year, as most Christians would prefer to stay at home with their families for Christmas.

"Based on our experience, the peak is around 26 to 28 December. Christians go on holiday only after gathering with their families," he said.

Similarly, Bali's Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (Asita) head, Ketut Ardana, said that the October to mid-December period was considered normal season, with a normal range of incoming tourists.

The difference this year was due to the island hosting the APEC Summit, the Bali Democracy Forum and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) conference, causing more people to come to Bali.

Ardana said that Bali had never seemed to experience a low season over the last three years.

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