Bali has an exclusion zone set up around Mount Agung
Bali has been gripped by the threat of a volcano eruption for more than three weeks.
The Indonesian island has an exclusion zone set up around Mount Agung, with all residents and tourists evacuated from within the zone.
Half have been allowed to return to their homes as the ongoing warning of an eruption continues.
On September 22 the volcano eruption threat was raised to the highest category 4, meaning a natural disaster could be imminent.
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Since that date there has been fluctuating seismic activity and smoke spewing from the top of the ancient volcano.
Officials in Bali are working to assure tourists that most of the island is still safe for holidays, amid a severe decline in bookings due to the warning.
According to local tourism authorities, only two per cent of the island would be affected if Mount Agung were to erupt.
Bali Tourism Hospitality spokesman Dewa Gede Ngurah Byomantara said: “The volcanic activity at Mount Agung should not affect other tourist spots.”
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He said three major tourist spots have been impacted by the seismic activity, including Besakih Temple, Tulamben beach and Tirta Gangga.
Other popular holiday destinations including Sanur, Kuta, Nusa Dua and Ubud won’t be affected.
One local hospitality official said hotel occupancy has increased by around 10 percent in areas deemed safe from the volcano.
Though there are contingency plans in place, no flights have yet been disrupted in anticipation of the natural disaster.
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Some airlines have offered customers refunds if they choose to cancel their holidays to the area.
Other airlines have been carrying extra fuel in case they need to turn around or divert.
Officials in Indonesia have drawn up plans to divert planes to 10 airports throughout the country in the event of an eruption.
Uncertainty surrounding the possible eruption of Mount Agung could see Bali’s tourism industry plummet by 30 per cent, according to officials.