Foreign Tourists Visiting Bali Highest In 2013

DENPASAR ~

Foreign tourist visit to Bali in 2013 was the highest in the last five years, at 3.2 million people, or 13.37 percent, as compared to 2.8 million people in the same period in 2012.

“There was a surge in the percentage of foreign tourists visiting in 2013 due to the APEC meeting in Bali in 2013. The earlier highest ranged between four percent and 13 percent a year,” stated the Bali tourism analyst Tjokorda Gede Agung in Denpasar, on Monday.

According to Gede Agung, there are several factors that have caused the increase in foreign tourist visitation to Bali in 2013, one of them being the completion of infrastructure development in various locations, reducing congestion and pollution.

In addition to that, there has been an increase in the revenue from Australian tourists who have a great opportunity to travel to Bali. Similarly, the growth of the Asian economy has been able to add to the increasing number of foreign tourist visitation to Bali.

Gede Agung explained that the Bali Mandara highway, which was operational after being inaugurated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has had a positive impact on the tourism in Bali.

The development of infrastructure in various locations will ease traffic toward existing tourist sites and provide comfort to the tourists.

Gede Agung added that the number of foreign tourists who came directly from their countries stood at 3.2 million people during 2013. It exceeded the set target of three million people.

Meanwhile, the foreign tourist visitation to Bali in 2009 was just 2.2 million, up by 13.26 percent from the previous year, which had only 1.9 million people. In 2010, tourist visitation increased by 11.8 percent to 2.4 million people and in 2011, it rose by 10.57 percent to 2.7 million people.

The decrease in the percentage of foreign tourist visitation in 2012 was mainly due to the world economical crisis. In 2012, foreign tourist visitation to Bali grew by just 4.9 percent, to 2.8 million people.

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