CLOSER relations with China are having a positive impact on tourism prospects for Indonesia. The Cultural and Tourism Ministry has set a target of 500,000 Chinese tourists for 2010. The figure is 25 percent higher than last year’s. Revenue from this influx could reach US$500 million.
Bali gets nearly 20 percent of China’s visitors. Jakarta attracts more than 66 percent.
AirAsia Adds Flight
LOW-COST carrier AirAsia, which uses Bali as one of eight regional hubs, is adding a third daily flight to its Bali-Perth schedule from June 1. Perth flights are operated by subsidiary AirAsia Indonesia.
“AirAsia Indonesia has carried at least 130,102 passengers since the airline first touched down in Perth last year. The success of the route has been part of an overall growth trend in all our services,” said Dharmadi, the chief executive officer of AirAsia Indonesia.
AirAsia launched its Perth service in July last year and said this week it had carried at least 130,102 passengers on the route since then.
The new flight leaves Denpasar at 9am and arrives in Perth at 12:40pm. The return flight departs Perth at 1:20pm and arrives in Denpasar at 5pm.
BADUNG regency, home to the bulk of Bali’s five-star resorts and also tourist magnet Kuta, plans to promote its attractions in London, where it hopes to attract the attention of the millions of foreign tourists who visit the city. The plan was announced by regency tourism chief Made Subawa, who said Korea would also be targeted this year as a growing market.
But Badung’s tourism promotion office chief, Dewa Sumitro, said funds were short for promotion, totalling only Rp3.1 billion (US$344,000).
No Yen to Travel
LOCAL hoteliers said statistics collected over the past three months show Japanese tourist arrivals in Bali have fallen 20 percent over that period.
PHRI Bali says Japan’s continuing economic woes are to blame. In January only 19,000 Japanese tourists arrived, compared to 25,000 in January 2009.
MORE Americans are choosing to holiday in Bali. Latest figures show 5,086 Americans visited in February, a nearly 25 percent increase on February 2009.
Bali’s central statistics agency (BPS) chief Ida Komang Wisnu said the increase was significant enough to ensure the US remains in the Top 10 list – just. It contributes 2.65 percent of Bali’s annual foreign tourist intake.
MANY international travellers intending to holiday in Thailand are witching to Bali because of political unrest in Bangkok, according to
Bali Tourism Agency head Ida Bagus Subiksu. He says up to 5 percent of intending foreign visitors to Thailand had made the switch.
Subiksu also said this week Bali’s target of 2.3 million foreign tourists this year looked unlikely.
Commodity in Karangasem
KARANGASEM regency is looking to sell local salak wine to tourists, seeing it as a useful income stream for local growers. A company has been set up to market and distribute the product, which has an alcohol volume of 12 percent.
Growers plan eventually to produce 6,000 litres of salak wine a month but are starting with a 300-litre-a-month trial.
The Bali Times