The head of the Bali Statistic Bureau (BPS) estimated that foreign tourists visiting the island stay for an average 3.75 days, while domestic visitors stay a longer period of 4.29 days. Ida Komang Wisnu of the BPS-Bali told BisnisBali, "domestic tourists stay longer in Badung, Gianyar and Denpasar than do foreign visitors."
However, in the regions of Tabanan, Karangasem and Buleleng the order is reversed with foreign tourists lingering longer than Indonesian holidaymakers.
The length of stay of visitors has a direct bearing on hotel occupancies in Bali, with Ida Komang Wisnu reporting that starred-hotels in Bali enjoyed an average occupancy of 57.72% in March 2009, up from the 50.99% average occupancy rate achieved in February.
Hotels in Denpasar reported even better results than the island-wide-average with an occupancies in March of 62.49%. The lowest average occupancy rate was reported in Karangasem at 34.35%.
Ida Komang Wisnu also said that among 5-star hotels in Bali the best average occupancy rate reported in March was 61.38% while the worst was 19.59%.
As reported on balidiscovery.com, total foreign visitors to Bali in March totaled 161,169 - an increase of 4.7% over the same month one year before. April 2009 arrivals totaled 179,879 - representing the best April on record for Bali tourism and 21.94% improvement over April 2008 (147,515).
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