Monday, March 9, 2015

Bali Tourism Grows in January 2015 While National Arrivals Decline 3.99%

While foreign tourist arrivals to Bali increased 7.09% month-on-month for January 2015 when compared to January 2014, nationwide it was a different story.

Indonesian foreign tourist arrivals for all of Indonesia declined 3.99% in January with 723,039 visitors as compared to the 753,079 tourists who came to the Country in the same month in 2014.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and quoted by NusaBali, Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya linked bad weather and landslides in several locations in January to tourism declines. “In January 2015, the period of intense rains and cloudiness brought the tragedy of the crash of AirAsia QZ850 that went down in the Karimata Straits on a flight from Surabaya to Singapore.”

Yahya also saw the shifting date of Chinese New Year to February as causing visitors nation-wide from China and Taiwan to fall 8.74% and 17.44%, respectively.

For all of Indonesia in 2015, 12 out of 16 focus markets saw a decline in arrivals: Russia (-47%), Malaysia (-20.94%), Taiwan (-17.44%), the Middle East (-15.74%), the Philippines (11.06%), Singapore (-10.28%), Germany (-9.8%), China (-8.74%), U.S.A. (-5.18%), India (-2.27%), France (-2.03%) and The Netherlands (-1.04%).

Meanwhile, Indonesia experience growth in 4 of it main focus markets: South Korean (+12.04%), Australia (+8.64%), Japan (+7.45%) and the U.K. (+4.15%).

Related Article:

Bali by the Numbers: Bali Has Strong Start to 2015

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