Revenues earned by visas-on-arrival (VOA) at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport declined slightly over the last month, but on a cumulative basis January – September 2011 generated a record US$42 million.
Visitors from a large number of countries are allowed to purchase a 30-day visa upon arrival in Indonesian [Visa-on-arrival policy]
Bisnis Bali quotes Sunarto, an economist from the Denpasar office of Bank Indonesia, as saying that revenues from tourists to Bali declined over the last three-month.
In a statistical analysis prepared for Bali, Sunarto said tourism revenues declined in accordance with a reduced number of foreign visitors to Bali. The VOA receipts for July 2011, for example, totaled US$5.8 million, reducing to US$5.4 million in August and to US$5.1 million in September.
He said that VOA receipts during first three quarters of 2011 were paid by 1,685,112 tourists from nations subject to visa fees.
Tourists from ASEAN countries and selected other nations are exempt from purchasing a VOA. Based on the total of 2,052,083 foreign tourists visiting Bali January-September 2011, nearly 18% of Bali’s foreign visitors hailed from countries exempt from paying the VOA fees.
Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced
if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.