‘From high season to absolutely nothing’: Indonesian quake devastates tourism


SENGGIGI, Indonesia/JAKARTA: Days after a powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok, killing more than 130 people and sending thousands of tourists fleeing, its beach strip stands eerily empty, with shops and hotels shuttered.

Any hotels still open are refusing guests out of safety concerns, while nearby restaurants and dive shops lie vacant in what is usually one of their busiest months of the year, reeling from the devastation of tourism caused by the quake.

“It went from high season just a few days ago to absolutely nothing now,”…



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