Most hotels in Bali are fully booked for the holiday period in late September-early October, including during the Idul Fitri celebration on Oct. 1 and 2, a hotel executive said Wednesday.
IB Gede Sidharta Putra, who manages Griya Santrian Hotel in Sanur, said a number of locals had expressed disappointment as they could not get rooms at his hotel at short notice.
The number of tourists to Bali is expected to fall slightly in November, but bounce back in the second week of December and hold in January next year, he said.
Gusde, who is also head of the Sanur Development Foundation, said most of those staying in his Santrian hotels are returning guests from Europe.
“About 50 percent to 60 percent of our guests are from Europe, who mostly stay here for an average of two weeks. But at the moment we are being flooded by tourists from Australia,” he said.
Head of the Bali Tourism Office I Gede Nurjaya confirmed Gusde’s remarks, saying other hotels in Kuta, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua areas, the preferred destinations for both foreign and domestic tourists, have also experienced overbooking.