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European tourists cancel trips to West Java, fear transit in virus-hit Singapore: ASITA

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European tourists cancel trips to West Java, fear transit in virus-hit Singapore: ASITA

Indonesian health officials check the temperature of a foreign tourist arriving from Bali island heading to tourist area Gili Trawangan at the Bangsal port in Pemenang Lombok island on Feb. 12. (AFP/Moh El Sasaky ) Fears over the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak have affected tourism in West Java, with a number of European tourists reportedly canceling their trip to the province.

According to the West Java chapter of the Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA), European tourists have expressed concerns over the new coronavirus as the pneumonia-like disease has spread from China to Indonesia’s neighboring countries.

“Singapore has recorded confirmed cases of [the coronavirus], while their flights [to Indonesia] are supposed to transit in Singapore,” ASITA West Java chapter head Budijanto Ardiansjah said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.

“Some European tourists have canceled their trips. They asked for confirmation whether Indonesia is safe [from the virus] or not and they have decided to postpone their visits until the outbreak subsides.”

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He declined to reveal just how many tourists have canceled their plans.

In line with recent government policy, airlines have suspended their flights to and from China in response to the outbreak, subsequently affecting the visit of Chinese tourists, one of the largest contributor of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia.

The ASITA Bali chapter previously said that thousands of Chinese tourists had canceled their trips to Bali in the wake of the virus outbreak, which has killed more than 1,300 and spread to nearly 30 countries since it first emerged in the […]

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