While the emergancy weather in a room like New York can leave hotels, airlines scramble to commute staff and also schedules, the tourism industry in Bali has a little similar challenge every year: Day of Silence.
Nyepi, a Hindu celebration firstly celebrated in the Indonesian island calls for a day of silence on March 28 and is noticeable as time for self-reflection. The ritual mandates the absence of work, enjoyment, and travel, which makes for a 24-hour period during which no flights are allowed in or out, electricity use is limited and cars are forbeded on the streets. Even television provider Indovision ceases broadcasting for the day.
Hotel guests on the island are restricted to their property and special arrangements have to be made for a limited staff to keep hotels operating.
The day is a ripple for Bali's tourism industry, which took more than four million visitors in 2015, according to statics from Bali Provincial Tourism Service. That's a stark increase from 1.4 million just a decade untimely.
Many travel agencies and tour operators dispirit bookings this time of year because of the disruption, but luckily for its tourism sector, March is typically already low-demand season.
There's a segment of tourists, however, that actually views the day as a unique part of the culture not to be omitted.
It's one of the many components that actually makes Bali an even more unique tourism spot, which holds exclusive meaning to visitors as well as residents," Dendy Kurniawan, AirAsia Group CEO for Indonesia told. The airline said it works around 370 flights in and out of Bali per week. "It is how culture and religious practice have been preserved through times, whilst blended perfectly with the touch of the modern world."
Kurniawan said the airline was notified by Indonesia's Ministry to Transportation to suspend all operations at Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar) and is working to ensure the smoothness of its operations the following day.
J etStar, the Australian low-cost carrier, has more than 80 flights per week to Bali from both Singapore and Australia, it has been complying and notices the tradition since it began flying to Bali.
At Four Seasons in Bali, hotel guests are informed about what they can and cannot do on Nyepi and they're told all vehicular and pedestrian traffic outside the resort is restricted. In a letter to guests, travelers are told they will take beacon to get around the resort and are also invited to participate in art activities pertaining to the holiday.
Because hotel staff is unable to travel around Nyepi, Four Seasons said it arranges for its staff to stay at the hotel to ensure a level of maintained operations.
It's adorable that an island of 4.5 million people can shut down for 24 hours, It takes a huge sum of coordination and discipline. Only the Balinese could pull it off!