Russian Tourists Visiting Bali Falling In Number

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The number of Russian holiday makers visiting Bali has declined lately on escalation of conflicts in Ukraine and Middle East, an observer said.

Russian tourists to Bali generally used chartered aircraft as there is no regular flight between Russia and Indonesia, leading tourist observer Made Sudana said here on Thursday.

Generally, Russian holiday makers visited Bali in the first months of year, Sudana said.

Now almost every month from January to June the number of Russian visitors to Bali declined, he noted. Based on official record of the Bali Tourism Office , the number of Russian visitors to Bali shrank 12 percent to 29,783 in the first half of the year from 45,216 in the same period in 2013.

The number, however, is expected to rise in the remaining months of the year.

Russians make up only around 2.3 percent of foreign tourists based on arrival record at the Bali’s airport of Ngurah Rai.

In January-June period this year the number of foreign visitors to Bali totaled 1,727,875.

Sudana said despite the decline in the number of visitors from Russia, the total number of foreign visitors to Bali rose 15.73 percent in the first half of the year from 1,493,020 in the same period last year.

Australians are still dominant in number with 446,406 visitors in the same period followed by visitors from China reaching 264,840 and Malaysians 109,298.

Meanwhile, the central bureau of statistics office (BPS) said star rated hotels in Bali recorded a decline in the length of stay of tourists to 2.95 days on the average in June from 3.36 days in May this year.

“Foreign tourists stayed only for 3.23 days per visit as against 3.50 days in May and domestic guests stayed for 2.41 days as against 3.08 days in May,” head of the Bali BPS office Panusunan Siregar said.

Star rated hotels in Bali recorded an occupancy rate of 62.10 percent in June , up from 61.01 percent in May.

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