Jakarta — The Badung Regency in Bali and local tourism players have welcomed the lifting of a Chinese travel warning. “We are grateful that the Chinese government has lifted its travel warning, since the Indonesian government has convinced that Bali is safe to visit and has given guarantees if visitors get stranded due to Mount Agung eruption by issuing a cooperation statement,” said Badung Tourism Agency head I Made Badra on Wednesday (27/12). Following the move, Badra said foreign tourist arrivals was estimated to reach 16,000 per day in January and hotel occupancy 75 percent of the 130,000 starred hotel rooms available in Badung. “We are optimistic that our target of attracting at least 5,000 Chinese tourists during Imlek in February 2018 can also be reached,” he said. The number of Chinese visitors to Bali decreased by 200,000 people per month after the Mt. Agung erupted. “The decrease is quite big and we continue to make the best efforts for Bali tourism,” said Badra, adding that Badung was usually visited by 16,000 foreign tourists per day, but the number had dropped to 15,000 after the eruption. Badung Tourism Promotion Agency head IGA Ngurah Rai Suryawijaya said if Ngurah Rai Airport was closed because of an eruption, hoteliers were prepared to provide one free night accommodation. “I’m still optimistic that many Chinese tourists will come to Bali, especially in February to celebrate Imlek,” he said.