Australia led the top ten sources of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali in the first seven months of this year, said an official.
A total of 458,109 Australians visited Bali between January and July this year, up 2.76 percent from 445,784 in the same period last year, added I Gede Suarsa, head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) office in Bali province, on Monday.
Australian tourists made up 25.58 percent of the overall tourist arrivals in Bali, which reached 1.79 million in the year ended July 31, 2013.
He noted that Australia is a potential market for Bali’s tourism because it contributes significantly to the overall tourist arrivals in Bali.
Most of the Australians traveled to Bali by direct flights from their country. Only 5,880 of them visited Bali by cruise ships, he said.
China trailed behind in second place and Japan in the third place, contributing 12.65 percent and 6.35 percent respectively with regard to the overall tourist arrivals in the year ended July 2013, he added.
Between January and July 2013, the number of Australian tourists to Bali rose by 18.74 percent, Japan – 15.86 percent, Malaysia – 9.97 percent, South Korea – 0.15 percent, Singapore – 13.45 percent, France – 0.91 percent, and the United States – 8.86 percent.
Only tourist arrivals from Britain fell by 2.76 percent to 63,895 from 65,709 in the same period last year, he said.