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Bali by the Numbers: Bali to End Year at 2.48 million Foreign Visitors.


Figures covering foreign tourist arrivals through the end of the third quarter 2010 are now in with September arrivals up 10.27% (229,573) over September 2009. Correspondingly, through the end of Q3, foreign visitors to Bali have improved 11.15% (1,859,459) over the first nine months of 2009.

With firm results now in had covering the first three quarters, and assuming that Bali will hold its current market growth rate constant, Balidiscovery.comis projecting Bali to end 2010 with 2.48 million foreign visitors.

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Results by Major Market Areas

Australia - Emerging last year as Bali's top source of visitors and displacing Japan from its traditional top spot, Australian arrivals improved 57.46% month-on-month for September with 67,072 visitors. Year-on-year arrivals from "Down Under" have hit 466,575 – an improvement of 48.57%.

Japan - There are early signs that a modest recovery may be underway ex Japan. Month-on-moth Japanese visitors to Bali were down only 17.83% as compared to September 2009. This performance represents a slight improvement over the cumulative decline of 21.44% experienced in Japanese arrivals through the end of Q3 2010.

People's Republic of China - Efforts by the government of Indonesia to woo PRC visitors to Bali are paying scant returns. Month-on-month Chinese visitors declined 10.56% in September 2010 with a count of 17,133 visitors. On a cumulative basis, PRC visitors have improved only 1.34% for the period January-September 2010 totaling 156,923.

Taiwan - Taiwanese arrivals have gone flat. Month-on-month visitors from Taiwan declined 0.2% with 11,298 visitors in September 2010. Cumulatively, Taiwanese visitors are up a mere 5.09% at the end of Q3 2010.

Malaysia - Malaysia seems to have shaken off any lingering ill effects of episodes of diplomatic tit-for-tat with Indonesia, with arrivals improving month-on-month by a whopping 97.6% (13,904 total arrivals) over September 2009. This resurgence in Malaysian travel to Bali compares to a year-on-year total of 105,998 Malaysian through the end of September 2010, a more modest overall improvement of only 5.06%.

South Korea - The South Korean market is under performing, declining 11% for September 2010 (9,520) as compared to the same month last year. Performance through Q3 from South Korea is flat, improving only 1.67% for January-September 20120 as compared to the same period in 2009.

United Kingdom - Travelers from the United Kingdom improved 3.34% month-on-month for September. Cumulatively, U.K. arrivals are up16.22% at the end of September 2010.

France - French arrivals month-on-month plummeted 33.35% in September 2010 with 8,367 visitors. Year-on-year French arrivals are down 2.84% through the end of Q3 2010.

Russia - The Russian economy has put the brakes on high expectations for visitors from that market. September arrival from Russia declined 0.72%. At the end of Q3, 2010 Russian arrivals were up a mere 2.78%.

Singapore - Singapore arrivals improved a riveting 99.2% month-on-month in September 2010 with 6,653 visitors. At the end of Q3, the total Singapore visitors year-on-year are up 59.28%.

The Netherlands - Dutch holidaymakers declined 16.96% in September 2010 at 6,837. Cumulatively, Dutch visitors are up 8.25% at the end of Q3 2010.

U.S.A. - The U.S. market is performing poorly into Bali. U.S. visitors were down 20.96 in September 2010 compared to one year before at 5,490. On a cumulative basis, U.S. visitors are down 4.52% at the end of Q3 2010.

Germany - German visitors boomed in September 2010, adding 42.44% more visitors than the same month a year before. Cumulatively, Germany remains strong, improving 10.58% for January-September 2010 over Q3 2009.

Regional Results

All regions of the world show growth through the end of Q3 2010. Asian-Pacific and ASEAN arrivals are growing fastest, with more modest growth from Europe and a degree of non-movement for visitor totals from the Americas.

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