Republika on Line reports that Japanese tourists consider the cost of a Bali holiday as relatively inexpensive, costing only Rp. 5 million (US$526) for a three day holiday including accommodation at a star-rated hotel.
Quoting a Ubud-based travel agent, Ni Wayan Kawiani, the low cost of a Bali holiday has made the island a repeat destination for many Japanese travelers. Popular with both young Japanese and older office workers, the Japanese, according to Kawiani, see Bali largely as a safe and secure destination.
Tjokorda Agung, an Ubud Hotelier and Chairman of the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel & Restaurant Association (PHRI), told Republik on Line that most of his business comes from Japanese travelers, with few visitors from Taiwan, Europe and the U.S.A.. Accordingly, all of his rooms have been booked by Japanese travelers over the coming New Year's holiday.
January-November 2007 arrival figure for Japanese visitors to Bali totaled 327,301 an increase of +40.1% over the same period in 2006.
Japanese visitors continue to hold their traditional position as the largest source of foreign visitors to Bali, representing 21.57% of all foreign visitors to the Island. Australian visitors hold the second ranking at 12.01% of all visitors, followed by Taiwan (8.71%) and South Korea (8.03%).
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