Upsurge in American Tourists to Bali
DENPASAR ~ The number of American tourists visiting Bali has been increasing since the Washington lifted its travel warning earlier this year, an official said this week.
American vacationers in Bali now counted among the top 10 nations opting for the island destination, Ida Komang Wisnu, head of the Bali office of the Central Bureau of Statistics, said.
The US government lifted its travel warning for Indonesia in May, after imposing it following bombings across the country in 2000, saying Jakarta had successfully clamped down on militants operating in Indonesia and that the archipelago was now much more secure.
Meanwhile, the number of tourists from other Western countries had increased by an average of 20 percent, Wisnu said.
He said the number of foreign tourists to Bali reached 1.6 million last year, and this year was rising.
A total of 1.2 million tourists came to Bali from January to August 2008, a 20-percent increase compared to the 1 million people in the same period last year.
From January to August 2008, Americans coming to Bali reached 46,923, up by 30 percent from 36,092 compared to the same period in 2007 whereas the number of French tourists increased 23 percent from 42,281 to 52,080.
Germans coming to the Island of Gods reached 50,676, an 18-percent increase from 42,802, or a 20-percent increase from 44,406 to 53,567 tourists.
The authorities are targeting nearly 2 million foreign tourists to arrive in Bali this year, an all-time record, and reflecting the island’s increasing global appeal.