Bumper Half-Year For Bali For­eign Tourist Ar­rivals: BPS

Indonesia Expat - - News From The Archipelago -

Bali has seen a bump in for­eign tourists so far this year, with the Bali Cen­tral Statis­tics Agency (BPS) re­port­ing 3.4 mil­lion tourists en­tered the re­sort is­land be­tween Jan­uary and July.

Bali BPS Head Adi Nu­groho said the fig­ure is a 23.5 per­cent in­crease year on year.

“Those who came through Ngu­rah Rai Air­port, fly­ing di­rectly from their coun­tries is as much as 3.39 mil­lion peo­ple and 24,182 came through sea­ports via cruise ship,” Nu­groho said, as quoted by state run news agency An­tara.

Bali had set a tar­get of 6 mil­lion vis­i­tors in 2017, up from the 4.2 mil­lion tar­get in 2016, and is ex­pected to ac­count for 40 per­cent of the over­all na­tional tar­get.

Nu­groho points to a huge 57.53 per­cent in­crease in tourists from China com­pared to last year as caus­ing the rise. In­dia has also seen a mas­sive in­crease with Bali wel­com­ing 44.25 per­cent more vis­i­tors than the year ear­lier.

Aus­tralian and Malaysian tourists have taken a slight dip of 0.88 per­cent and 5.44 per­cent re­spec­tively com­pared to 2016 ar­rivals.

While Aus­tralians re­main the sec­ond most pro­lific for­eign vis­i­tors in Bali, their num­bers have taken a slight down­turn of 0.88 per­cent from last year to this year. Malaysians have also dropped down 5.44 per­cent from the previous year.

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