Final arrival figures through the end of February 2009 are now in hand from immigration authorities at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport that confirm that while Bali is enjoying a record strong start to 2009, it may also be sitting at the crest of a cimminent downturn. January-February arrivals totaled 304,013 - a 3.05% improvement over the same two months in 2008 (295,025).
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That the salad days of Bali tourism arrivals may be near an end is suggested by the 139,370 foreign arrivals recorded in February 2009, declining -10.17% from the 155,153 foreign tourists who visited Bali in February 2008. This is the forst time in over a year that Bali has recorded negative growth in a month-on-month basis.
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are comparisons for 2008 versus 2009 arrivals for the January-February period for main markets and main geographical areas. Countries of Concern
Reflecting the troubled world economy at the moment, the following countries produced less travelers in January-February 2009 than the same period in 2008: Japan (-13.77%), Taiwan (-27.18%), U.S.A. (-7.03%), Germany (-6.74%), U.K. (-2.46%), and the Netherlands (-1.95%).Countries of Promise
Bucking the gloomy trend elsewhere, the following countries showed improvements in foreign arrivals to Bali year-to-date at the end of February 2009: Australia (+34.64%), People's Republic of China (+19.96%), Malaysia (+21.28%), Russia (+2.98%) and France (+21.35%).
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