Preliminary arrival figures for 2006 show that tourist visitors continue to build strength despite lingering gaps from the Island's two largest markets of Australia and Japan.Total Arrivals 2000-2006
December foreign arrivals to Bali totaled 122,848, up +61.90% from the same month in 2005 when arrivals were still tumbling following a terror attack of just two months before. Compared to a more representative December of 2004 (125,525), the latest December's performance was only down -2.13%.
Such a strong performance in the absence of normal flows of Australian and Japanese visitors indicate Bali is managing to diversify its arrivals over time.
Similarly, total arrivals for 2006 ended at 1,260,317 Ė a figure down only -9.09% from 2005 (1,386,449) and down -13.57% as compared to 2004 (1,458.309).
Seeking to compare apples with apples, it should be noted that total arrivals for 2006 are up +26.91% when compared to total arrivals in 2003 (993,029) - the other recent year in which the island was recovering from a previous October's terror attack.
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