Bali welcomed 2.27 million foreign tourists during the first semester of 2016, 18.59 percent more than the previous years figure of 1.91 million tourists.
"A total of 2.23 tourists came by air directly through the Ngurah
Rai Airport while the remaining 38,644 people come via the sea port,"
said the head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Bali, Adi
Nugroho, in Denpasar on Monday.
The Bali Provincial Tourism Office has set a target of attracting
as many as 4.2 million foreign tourists to the Dewata Island this year.
In 2015, Bali received 4.001 million people, 6.24 percent more than
previous year when 3.76 million people had arrived. The numbers are
slightly above the target set at 4 million tourists.
Adi Nugroho said the month of June 2016 witnessed 405,835 people
visiting Bali, 12.83 percent more than those who visited in the same
month in 2015, and 2.86 percent more than the number of visitors coming
in May this year.
Of the ten countries from where tourists mainly come to Bali,
seven have seen a major increase in the numbers. The number of tourists
arriving from the other three has decreased.
The seven countries from where significantly larger number of
tourists arrived included Australia, that registered an increase of
10.43 percent, as 486,087 people arrived between January and June 2015
compared to 536,767 people arriving in the same period in 2016.
China came second as tourist numbers rose by 35.85 per cent, from
341,559 to 464,002. Similarly, 4.97 percent more Japanese tourists
arrived with numbers going up from 104,246 to 109,424.
Great Britain contributed the fourth largest chunk of foreign
tourists. The number of tourists from that country increased by 42.45
percent, up from 68,977 people arriving from January to June 2015 as
98,311 arrived in the same period in 2016.
While 59,509 tourists came from India in the same period in 2015,
the number rose by 55.83 percent since 92,731 tourists came from the
South Asian country this year in that period in 2016. The number of
tourists from the United States grew by 32.50 percent, from 63,097 to
83,606 people, just as French tourists number increased by 26.79 percent
from 53,128 to 67,362.
Adi Nugroho added that three other countries from where lesser
number of tourists arrived were Malaysia, South Korea and Singapore.
Malaysia contributed 9.08 percent less tourists. Compared to 98,658
tourists who came from Malaysia from January to June 2015, only 89,699
people arrived in the same period in 2016.
South Koreans number dropped 6.50 percent from 75,902 tourists to
70,971 while number of tourists from Singapore slipped 8.41 percent from
75,580 people to 69,224, said Adi Nugroho. (Antara)