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Bali by the Numbers: August Arrivals Up 6.25% as Bali Moves Towards Record 2.75 million Arrivals for 2011.


Total foreign arrivals to Bali in August 2011 hit 250,835 – a total that is 6.25% better than August 2010 (236,080). On a cumulative basis January through August, Bali is tracking 10.29% ahead of the same period last year with 1,800,346 foreign visitors.

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Now eight months into the year, should Bali maintains its current year-to-date rate of growth at 10.29% through the end of 2011, the island will end the year with a record 2.75 million foreign visitors.

Bali By Major Markets

  • August arrivals increased month-on-month by 17.87% with 68,855 visitors.
  • Year to date Australian arrivals total 503,617 – an increase of 25.43% over the first eight months of 2010. 
  • Since 2008 arrivals from Australia to Bali have increased 159%. In 2008, Australia ranked in second place as a source of foreign visitors to Bali, but now holds undisputed top place as a source of visitors.

  • Japan’s decline continues unabated. August 2011 arrivals totaled 18,055 – down 33.29% from the same month in 2010.
  • Year to date, Japanese arrivals have declined 27.27% at 123,733 visitors.
  • For many years, Japan held top rank as a source of Bali visitors. Financial upheaval and natural disaster has now shifted Japan to third place behind Australia and the PRC.
  • Year on year for January – August Japanese arrivals are down 27.27%.
  • Compared to arrivals from Japan generated in 2008, the Japanese market has shrunk 49.7%

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People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • PRC arrivals totaled 26,299 in August, improving 22.34% over August 2010.
  • Year-to-date PRC arrivals have increased 13.05% totaling 158,031 for January-August 2011. 
  • The PRC has now moved into the #2 post as a source for Bali arrivals.
  • Since 2008, PRC arrivals have surged ahead by 87.07%.

  • Taiwanese arrivals for August were largely static as compared with the same month one year ago. 10,366 Taiwanese visited Bali in August as compared to 10,389 in August last year.
  • The same stagnancy is also evident on a year-on-year basis. Taiwanese arrivals January – August totaled 89,532 – a figure that is only 0.22% ahead of the same period in 2010.
  • Taiwan has slid to fifth place from it former #3 ranking in the race for foreign arrivals to Bali and likely to slide further still as arrival number from that country continue to be fairly flat. Since 2008, Taiwanese arrivals have decreased 5.23%.

  • Malaysian arrivals month-on-month are up 22.07% with 12,250 Malaysians coming to Bali in August 2011.
  • Year-to-date Malaysian arrivals total 108,154 – an increase of 17.44% 
  •  Malaysian arrivals now rank number 4 among Bali visitors. Since 2008, Malaysian arrivals are up 34.89%.

South Korea
  • South Korean arrivals are lagging. August arrivals declined 9.4% for the month (11,167) when compared to August one year before.
  • Showing a similar lackluster pattern, South Korean arrivals are down 1.43% year to date through the end of August as compared to the same period in 2010.
  • The importance of Malaysian arrivals has increased from #6 to #4, while declining a modest 6.91% since 2008 while during the same period other markets have surged ahead in terms of their arrivals to Bali.

United Kingdom
  • U.K. arrivals to Bali are performing modestly. August arrivals from the U.K. hit 11,279 – an increase of only 3.77% over the totals for August 2010.
  • Year-on-year arrivals from the U.K. to Bali stand at 72,172 through the end of August. This is almost static and just 0.52% ahead of the same eight months in 2010.
  • The U.K. now stands as the number #8 source of business for Bali. Since 2008, U.K. arrivals have increased 34.64%

  • French arrivals improved 6.03% in August 2011 at 17,266 visitors.
  • Year-on-year French arrivals are up 4.42% with 78,108 arrivals January – August 2011.
  • Since 2008, French arrivals to Bali have increased 67.2%. French arrivals now represent the 7th largest source of foreign visitors for Bali.

  • Russian arrivals surged in August, improving month-on-month by 19.16% with 4,297 visitors from Russia.
  • Year-on-year Russian arrivals are up 15.91% at 47,200.
  • Russians, who now represent the 12th largest market to Bali, haveincreased 19.89% since 2008.

The Netherlands
  • A traditional powerhouse for Bali arrivals, the Netherlands is in sharp decline. August arrivals totaled 4,297 – declining 27.11% from the number of Dutch who visited in August 2010.
  • Year-on-year Dutch arrivals are also down 10.86% with 47,276 Dutch visitors landing in Bali during January-August 2011.
  • The Dutch market is the 11th largest source of foreign visitors to Bali. Since 2008, the Dutch market has declined 16.73%.

  • U.S. citizens are coming to Bali in record numbers. August arrivals recorded 6,570 U.S. visitors – an increase of 22.73% over arrivals in August 2010.
  • Year-on-year U.S.A. arrivals are up 20.45% with 57,005 visitors through the end of August.
  • U.S. visitors now rank as the 9th largest market of foreign visitors to Bali. Since 2008, this market has increased by 21.49%.

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  • The German market is largely stagnant to Bali. August 2011 arrivals with 10,424 visitors is down 2.71% when compared to August 2010.
  • Year-on-year German arrivals are down 0.59% with 53,726 visitors January – August 2011.
  • Since 2008, Germany has slipped from 8th to the 10th position in terms of foreign visitors to Bali. In the same period, the size of the German market has increased by only 6.02%.

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