Tourism revival: September sets the pace with backpacker visitors | Print Edition

By Tharushi Weerasinghe


SLTDA chairperson Kimarli Fernando

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector is heaving a sigh of relief as the ongoing vaccination drive and the removal of travel restrictions locally and internationally are drawing a trickle of visitors once again.

Some locals are also on the move seeking a break from the lockdown boredom.

“We are fully booked right now!” said Fred Netzband-Miller, a hotel owner from Arugam Bay.

The promise of a long weekend has led to a surge of Sri Lankans making bookings and travelling to beautiful destinations, despite inter-provincial travel restrictions.

While 20% of the tourism industry

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Backpacker hostel bookings surge ahead of Durga Puja, Diwali! How to find affordable accommodation this festive season

Staying at a backpacker hostel in Europe became the turning point for Pankaj Parwanda, Co-founder of goSTOPS, as he sensed the opportunity to solve an important need for the market – bringing backpacker hostels to India. (Image: goSTOPS, Bir)

Big boost in travel confidence among young backpackers in India! The demand for backpacker hostels this festive season is witnessing a huge surge with reservation bookings up by 50 per cent to 60 per cent. Travel can open up turning points in one’s life, which is why young Indians love to opt for the best backpacker hostels to thrive with their

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Bali considers banning backpackers when it reopens

Bali wants to “cleanse” the island of budget travellers in a bid to prevent overtourism when restrictions are lifted in the autumn. Jenny Southan reports

Following Venice’s announcement that it will be introducing airport-style turnstiles to limit the number of tourists able to enter the city, the Indonesian government has said Bali will be restricting visitors to “quality” tourists when it reopens to people from countries with low infection rates in October.

Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s minister in charge of the pandemic, said during a recent visit to Bali: “We will filter the tourists who visit. We do not want

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We Are Planning To Raise 10M In Series A Set To Capture Nepal Sri Lanka By Next Year Pankaj Parwanda Co Founder goSTOPS

We would like to be goSTOPS to be perceived as that sort of a brand that belongs to the youth of India.

Tell us about goSTOPS?

The idea for the backpacker hostel came from a random backpacking trip in Europe in 2012. And when we saw these hostels in Europe, we said, “There is nothing like this in India. There is no youth-focused accommodation, there is no fun, social sort of accommodation, nothing like this exists.” So, even though we didn’t know why, you can guess which market we were aiming for. We just said this doesn’t exist in India

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Theo Hayez family plans travel to Byron Bay for inquest into his disappearance

Frustration has been voiced over delays relating to the case of missing backpacker Theo Hayez, who vanished three years ago.

The family of backpacker Theo Hayez, who went missing in the tourist hotspot of Byron Bay more than three years ago, is set to fly to Australia to attend an inquest into his disappearance.

Belgian national Mr Hayez was just 18 when he vanished after leaving the popular Cheeky Monkeys bar at 11pm on May 31, 2019.

CCTV and mobile phone data captured his initial movements but he has not been seen since.

On Friday, the Lidcombe Coroner’s Court heard

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Backpacking: The art of Traveling around the world

A few experiences in life are worth living for, and one among them is being able to travel and see the world for all it has to offer. Backpacking was often considered mainly for hiking and camping, but in many ways it is now slowly transforming into an independent and low-cost international travel option for individuals or a small group of people. Backpacking is an adventure that blends hiking with backcountry camping. It lets you broaden your horizons beyond the car campground to enjoy a richer, more immersive outdoor experience.
This trend may have begun as an economic solution for

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Bali will partially open to international visitors next week

Bali will reopen to tourists from some countries in mid-October as COVID-19 case numbers continue to decrease across Indonesia’s most popular tourist island.

Travelers from China, New Zealand and Japan will be among the first international visitors to be welcomed back to Bali from October 14, senior cabinet minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Monday via Reuters—as the island’s airport opens to international flights. Bali will also allow direct flights from Qatar, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates, local media reports.

This is the first phase of Indonesia’s return to tourism. Travelers from these approved countries are still

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Indonesian government to ban backpackers from Bali when borders reopen

Bali is one of the most popular destinations for backpackers in South-East Asia. It’s unclear exactly on how “quality tourism” and “backpacker” will be defined by the Indonesian Government, or how they intend on stopping them from entering the country.

The minister also said all travellers will be required to scan in using a COVID-19 tracing app called PeduliLindungi before entering tourist attractions, malls or other areas popular with visitors. 

On Wednesday, Indonesia reported 3948 new cases of COVID-19, a dramatic decrease from July when daily figures were above 50,000.

The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington has been contacted for comment.

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Bali plans backpacker ban as it reopens to ‘quality’ tourists | World

The backpacker paradise of Bali is considering banning budget travellers when pandemic restrictions are lifted, part of a trend to reset patterns of travel in countries formerly overwhelmed by mass tourism.

Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s minister in charge of the pandemic, said this month that the holiday island would be cleansed of backpackers and restricted to “quality” tourists after its reopening, which is planned for next month for visitors from countries with low infection rates.

“We will filter the tourists who visit,” he said during a visit to Bali. “We do not want backpackers, so that Bali remains clean, and the

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