Continue to pour into Bali
Visitors are continuing to flock to Bali, with the latest visitor numbers from the Bali Government Tourism Office showing 28,067 more Australians arrived in the holiday hotspot in July 2016 than the same period last year. Totalling at 108,963 Aussies for the month, the island has seen a steady increase since February, when Australian visitor numbers for the month took a dive to 68,269. As per usual, Australia was the largest market for arrivals, but the Chinese market is tailing not too far behind, coming in at 100,524 arrivals in Bali for the month of July, up from 77,906 in June. The first seven months of 2016 has seen a total of 645,730 Australians step onto Balinese soil, up from 566,980 for the same period last year. Overall, foreign arrivals in 2016 have increased 19.92% compared to that of 2015. Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia’s Commercial Director A. Toni Soetirto said the opening of additional routes to Australia, such as Adelaide and Brisbane, is on the horizon. The airline previously scrapped its Denpasar to Brisbane route due to low passenger loads. “If the demand is good, we can reopen the route,” Soetirto said.