Bali’s Tourists from China Increasing

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The number of Bali’s foreign tourists from China increased in the first four months of 2013.

In the January-April 2013 period the number of tourists from China was recorded at 128,134 or increased 3.09 percent from that of the same period last year recorded at 124,293 visitors.

“The number of Chinese tourists is the second biggest after that of Australian. Meanwhile, Japan was downgraded to a second place,” Gede Suarsa, head of the Bali province’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS) chapter, said here.

China contributed 13.22 percent to Bali’s total foreign tourists in the first four months of this year.

This year, the total number of foreign tourists in the January-April period was 969,382 or increased by 3.60 percent 935,382 in the same period last year.

According to Gede Suarsa, the Japanese tourists in the first four months of 2013 numbered 65,436 or increased 18.22 percent from 53,514 in the same period last year.

Japan contributed 8.75 percent to Bali’s total foreign tourists.

Bali’s local government has set a target of increasing the number of Chinese tourists this year to 400,000 or 10 percent higher than  300,000 tourists set last year.

He said, the target was set based on information from the Chinese General Consulate in Surabaya.

The consulate estimated the number of Chinese tourists to  Indonesia could reach one million.

The number of Chinese tourists to Indonesia is a far lower than the total number of Chinese tourists to all countries in the world reaching 75 million a year.

Bali has been one of the top tourist destinations in the country and is renowned for its art works, including traditional and modern dances, sculptures, paintings, leather and metal works and music. As a  tourist haven for decades, Bali has seen a further surge in the number of tourists coming to the island in recent years.

The Bali province also covers a few number of small neighboring islands. The main island is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.

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