Tourist arrivals from the People's Republic of China totaled 63,000 for the period January Ė June 2008, an increase of +82.91% over the same period in 2007. Now ranked as the fifth largest source of foreign tourists to Bali, fears are emerging that the rapid growth in mainland Chinese visitors to Bali may pause during the coming Olympic games.
According to NusaBali, a number of regular charter flights to Bali have been curtailed or stopped while all Chinese airlines focus their attentions on serving Olympic visitors to Beijing which start on August 8, 2008.
In considering the expected coming drop in Chinese visitors to Bali, the Chairman of the local Chapter of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA), Al Purwa, has pegged the expected downturn in Chinese visitors as a direct result of an over-dependence on charter flights as opposed to regular flights used in serving the mainland Chinese market.
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