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Bali planning second airport, seeking more visitors

Topic Asian Travel

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According to the Bali Tourism Board, the Balinese government is keen to attract more visitors, as it has recently unveiled plans for a second airport to handle increasing numbers of tourists to the island. 

The Jakarta Post reports that Balinese officials are planning the construction of a new airport in the northern region of Buleleng to accommodate additional visitors. Plans for expansion of the existing Ngurah Rai airport are also expected to proceed. The airport presently handles 2 million international visitors every year, as well as 2 million domestic air passengers. 

Bali has struggled to increase its profile as a tourist destination in recent years, following terrorist attacks in 2002 and 2005 that targeted Western visitors. Referring to the East Asia Summit in November, which U.S. President Obama is expected to attend, Indonesian Travel Association Chairman Aloysius Purwa told the Agence France-Presse that "having world leaders meet here will show that Bali is safe. And that has an impact because some countries still have a travel warning, like Australia and America." 

Travellers to Bali may wish to consider obtaining emergency medical insurance and flight cancellation insurance when they are planning their trip.