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As Bali Losses Hit $1 Billion, Jokowi Seeks to Calm Tourists

  • President holds cabinet meeting in island to dispel fears
  • Losses from erupting Mount Agung volcano nears $1 billion
Balinese people pull their fishing net on Amed beach as Mount Agung volcano belches ash, on Bali.

Balinese people pull their fishing net on Amed beach as Mount Agung volcano belches ash, on Bali.

Photographer: Sonny Tumbelaka /AFP via Getty Images

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As losses from an erupting volcano in Bali nears $1 billion, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his deputy will visit the island to show the world that it’s a safe destination for Christmas and new year holidaymakers.

Widodo, also known as Jokowi, will visit Bali on Friday and chair a meeting of his cabinet, the president’s office said in a statement. Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla will celebrate the new year in the island, named the world’s top travel destination by TripAdvisor Inc. this year. Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry says tourists are safe outside an exclusion zone comprising a radius of about 10 kilometers around eastern Bali’s Mount Agung, which has been spewing ash and smoke since Nov. 21.