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Bali tourist arrivals approach record territory DENPASAR - The foreign arrivals figures to Bali covering the first six months of 2008 are now in. Month-after-month of record breaking arrival totals support the increasingly popular view that 2008 will see 2 million plus foreign tourists pass through Bali's International airport - the first time Bali has penetrated the 2 million barrier.

June arrivals hit 170,994 - a 17.8% increase over June 2007 (145,174). On a year to date basis, arrivals during the first six months of 2008 were 924,949 - that's 23.9% ahead of the same period last year when 745,949 foreign tourists came to Bali. If Bali manages to maintain this same level of growth through the remainder of 2008, total arrivals will "just" break through the two million mark by the end of the year.

Bali top five producers of inbound tourists, in order of importance, remain Japan, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea and the People's Republic of China.

  • Japan has regained its former glory and is producing numbers exceeding totals achieved in the year 2000. This is particularly gratifying given the fact that Bali arrivals are improving ex Japan in what as seen as a general decline in Japanese travelers globally.
  • Australian arrivals to Bali are now exceeding the record levels posted in 2005, regaining all lost ground incurred with the demise of Air Paradise following the second terrorist attack of 2005. Barring any untoward developments, Australian totals will pull into impressive "record territory" for the rest of 2008.
  • Taiwan and South Korea continue to post modest improvements. Look for a possible decline in Taiwanese visitors in the just announced liberalized flight rules between the PRC and Taiwan which may lure potential Bali visitors away, at least in the short term.
  • The People's Republic of China has almost doubled the number of visitors over last years. These numbers will be watched carefully to see if Chinese numbers decrease during the coming Olympic period (August) with mainland tourists opting to spend their holiday closer-to-home in Beijing.




Posted in Tourism @ 02 August 2008 09:32 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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