Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya paid a visit to Pura Besakih today, 5th October 2017 to prove that Bali is still safe for tourists, even though the volcano’s status remains at the highest level.
“We came here to ease people’s fears about coming to Bali and to prove that it is indeed safe to visit this island,” he said as via an official statement released by the Ministry of Tourism on the same day.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya visited Pura Besakih together with Kadispar Bali Anak Agung Gede Yuniartha and several local government representatives. He delivered a message to the citizens and tourists in Bali, so as not to worry because the government of Indonesia has prepared the best handling plan for all possibilities.
"I will also meet with BMKG to discuss the status of Mount Agung so far," explained Arief. "Natural disasters are bound to happen, but what is important is how we respond, especially to the refugee community and to the tourists," he added.