Cambodia, Indonesia report massive slump in tourism arrivals

Deserted airport in Bali, Indonesia seen in April

International tourism arrivals in Cambodia were down 38.5 per cent to 1.15 million in the first quarter of 2020 as travel demand slumped amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to latest figures released by the country’s ministry of tourism on May 4.

China, Vietnam, Thailand, the US and South Korea were the largest sources of foreign tourists from January to March, the report said. In March, when a ban on plane arrivals from certain countries was imposed, the country welcomed just 223,400 foreign tourists, down 65 per cent over the same month last year.

At first, entry for foreign travelers from the US, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and Iran has been restricted, and the ban was expanded to all foreign travelers since late March.

As of May 4, Cambodia has recorded a total of 122 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 120 patients recovered and zero dead.

Indonesia’s arrivals dropped by two-thirds in March

Meanwhile, foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia plunged by 64 per cent to 470,898 people in March on an annualised basis. The number dropped further from February which already recorded a slump of 28.9 per cent to 885,067 visitors year-on-year, the Indonesian National Agency of Statistics announced on May 4.

Tourist numbers from both China and Hong Kong fell the most by at least 96 per cent in March. The popular holiday island of Bali, whose economy relies by 80 per cent on tourism, has been specifically battered. Hundreds of thousands of workers have been laid off or quit on their own behalf after hotel occupancy rates crashed to as low as one to two per cent.

“The decline was very deep. The fall of foreign tourist arrivals occurred even before the government officially announced the Covid-19 outbreak,” the agency said.

Domestic passenger traffic dropped by 24 per cent in March. The government has since banned air travel in the country until June 1.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led the Indonesian government to apply a lockdown policy which has halted travelers from having journeys, and it was exacerbated by the government’s measure to ban all arrivals and transits of foreign citizens into the country, except for residents, diplomats and official visitors.

As of May 4, Indonesia counted 11,587 confirmed Covid-19 infections. So far, 864 patients died and 1,954 recovered.

Deserted airport in Bali, Indonesia seen in April International tourism arrivals in Cambodia were down 38.5 per cent to 1.15 million in the first quarter of 2020 as travel demand slumped amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to latest figures released by the country’s ministry of tourism on May 4. China, Vietnam, Thailand, the US and South Korea were the largest sources of foreign tourists from January to March, the report said. In March, when a ban on plane arrivals from certain countries was imposed, the country welcomed just 223,400 foreign tourists, down 65 per cent over the same month last...

Deserted airport in Bali, Indonesia seen in April

International tourism arrivals in Cambodia were down 38.5 per cent to 1.15 million in the first quarter of 2020 as travel demand slumped amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to latest figures released by the country’s ministry of tourism on May 4.

China, Vietnam, Thailand, the US and South Korea were the largest sources of foreign tourists from January to March, the report said. In March, when a ban on plane arrivals from certain countries was imposed, the country welcomed just 223,400 foreign tourists, down 65 per cent over the same month last year.

At first, entry for foreign travelers from the US, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and Iran has been restricted, and the ban was expanded to all foreign travelers since late March.

As of May 4, Cambodia has recorded a total of 122 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 120 patients recovered and zero dead.

Indonesia’s arrivals dropped by two-thirds in March

Meanwhile, foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia plunged by 64 per cent to 470,898 people in March on an annualised basis. The number dropped further from February which already recorded a slump of 28.9 per cent to 885,067 visitors year-on-year, the Indonesian National Agency of Statistics announced on May 4.

Tourist numbers from both China and Hong Kong fell the most by at least 96 per cent in March. The popular holiday island of Bali, whose economy relies by 80 per cent on tourism, has been specifically battered. Hundreds of thousands of workers have been laid off or quit on their own behalf after hotel occupancy rates crashed to as low as one to two per cent.

“The decline was very deep. The fall of foreign tourist arrivals occurred even before the government officially announced the Covid-19 outbreak,” the agency said.

Domestic passenger traffic dropped by 24 per cent in March. The government has since banned air travel in the country until June 1.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led the Indonesian government to apply a lockdown policy which has halted travelers from having journeys, and it was exacerbated by the government’s measure to ban all arrivals and transits of foreign citizens into the country, except for residents, diplomats and official visitors.

As of May 4, Indonesia counted 11,587 confirmed Covid-19 infections. So far, 864 patients died and 1,954 recovered.

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