Bali bookings keep coming despite boycott calls
SUNSHINE Coast holidaymakers are not rushing to cancel Bali travel plans in the wake of the execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in Indonesia.
Travel agents who specialise in Bali destinations say they are continuing to book holidays despite the immediate backlash.
Yesterday, Fairfax MP Clive Palmer urged holiday makers to stay at home and enjoy Queensland destinations.
He was speaking after introducing a bill that would have prevented the Australian Federal Police giving Indonesian police the information that led to the Bali Nine's arrest and ultimate execution of Sukumaran and Chan.
Would you still book a holiday to Bali despite the Bali nine duo executions?
This poll ended on 23 July 2015.
Yes, it has no weight on where I holiday, it's still a beautiful place
No, I don't want to support a country like that
Never been to Bali, never would go
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Shaun Levings of the Coast-based World Surfaris said he was still taking bookings.
He said as horrible as the executions had been, most people realised it was a government issue that did not involve the man in the street in Bali.
"Indonesia veterans know that to boycott Bali would be taking food out of the mouths of people they know,'' he said.
"Do we cancel holidays to the United States every time someone is executed?
"I really feel for the families."
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"Australians will continue to travel to Bali no matter what backlash occurs,'' she said.
"We are still taking bookings. It's such a popular destination in Coolum with so many surfers and their families here."
Nicolette Middlebrook of Tewantin Travel described the executions as horrible but said at this stage there had been no cancellations to Indonesian destinations.
"Some people are cautious, but they are still travelling there,'' she said.
Booking agency Webjet has told the SMH that its bookings to Indonesia have jumped 42% in the past four weeks on the same period last year.