Monday, May 18, 2009

88% surge in Chinese tourists to Bali

China is set to become one of Bali's biggest contributors to the tourism industry following a significant surge in the number of Chinese tourists who visited the resort island over the last couple of months.

In March, the number of Chinese tourists reached 21,492, a whopping 88.16 percent increase compared to the number recorded in February. The increase is expected to continue in the following months.

Head of the Bali Statistic Office Ida Komang Wisnu said the increase has placed China as one of the top three contributors of tourists to Bali, behind Japan and Australia. Japan and Australia have been the traditional market of tourists since the Bali tourism boom of the mid-80s. China represents one of the island's new markets.

"The increase *in Chinese tourists* is influenced by the opening up of direct flights from Bali to several cities in China," he said.

Moreover, the unstable security situation in Thailand, long known as one of Bali's strongest competitors, has led many potential holidaymakers to opt for Bali.

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