Bali’s tourism office said this week tourist arrivals were up 13 percent in the January-May period against the same period last year.
It said the increase had been predicated because of the political crisis in Thailand and tourists changing their travel plans because of this.
But forecast traffic levels during the past five months have been depressed by the downturn in Japanese arrivals. “Japan continues to decline; it has now made it into number three position. This may be due to economic conditions; they are still in a state of crisis,” said tourism agency head Ida Bagus Subhiksu.
He said hotel occupancy so far this year is running at about 50-60 percent and foreign tourist arrivals for the full year are expected to beat the forecast 2.3 million.