Mount Agung in Bali (Source:https://en.tempo.co)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA)
- Mount Agung, located in the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, erupted again early July, but it had no impact on the country’s tourism industry, according to the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (Asita).

Chairman of Asita Bali Ketut Ardana recently said that based on the experiences during the past eruptions of Mount Agung in June, the eruption on July 2 would not have an impact on the tourist arrivals in Bali.

Tourist arrivals in Bali remained normal despite the eruption, he remarked, citing facts that the island’s favourite tourist destinations, such as Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Lake Beratan Bedugul, Tampak Siring Palace, Bali Safari and Marine Park, are still crowded with domestic and foreign holiday-makers.

Those sites are quite far from the volcano and not affected by the increase in volcanic activity at Mount Agung, he affirmed.

Bali still aims for attracting 6.5 million foreign tourists this year, he noted.

According to the Center for Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), the condition of Mount Agung was still unstable, and it was likely to erupt again at low intensity.

Following the latest eruptions, the PVMBG had declared the alert status of the volcano at third level and has ordered people to stay away from a radius of four kilometers from the mountain’s peak.

A series of eruptions at Mount Agung during 1963-1964 killed more than 1,600 people and injured hundreds.

Indonesia lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire where several tectonic plates meet and cause 90 percent of the world’s seismic activity. The country is currently home to nearly 130 active volcanoes.-VNA