The number of Malaysian tourists who visited Bali increased by 45 percent in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year.
Between January and March 2010, Bali authorities recorded that 27,546 Malaysian visitors arrived on the Island, while during the same period this year the number increased to 40,118 people.
“Most of them entered Bali through Ngurah Rai Airport on direct flights from their home country. Only three [Malaysians] visited Bali by sea aboard a cruise ship,” Bali Central Statistics Agency (BPS) chief I Gede Suarsa said Friday in Denpasar.
Gede added that Malaysian tourists ranked fourth in terms of numbers of foreign tourists visiting Bali, after Australians, Chinese and Japanese visitors.
By nationality, Malaysians contributed 6.43 percent to the total number of foreign tourists in Bali in the first quarter of the year, which came to 624,195 people, up 10.7 percent from the same period last year.
Throughout 2010, the number of Malaysian tourist visitors to Bali came to 156,865, an increase of 16 percent from the figure a year earlier, Antara reports.