More Australians than ever are calling Bali their second home, going on the latest tourism figures — for January to July — just released by the Bali tourism office.
Its chief, Ida Bagus Subhiksu, said 50.8 percent more Australians visited in January-July this year than in the same period last year. In round numbers, 300,000 over 200,000.
Subhiksu said the increase was far higher than earlier predictions and was good news because the Australian government had recently issued a revised travel advisory citing the violent June taxi driver demonstrations in Denpasar and Kuta and the increased threat from rabies.
“It’s good that Australians continue to think of Bali as their second home despite these warnings,” he said.
The Australians are not alone in rekindling a love affair with Bali. More travellers from Taiwan, Britain, Singapore and the Netherlands also visited in the January-July period. Singapore visitors showed a 56-percent rise.