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Lowering Expectations

Bali Expecting Fewer Tourists in 2013

(3/10/2013) The Central Statistic Bureau for Bali is posting a more modes target for foreign tourist arrivals to Bali in 2013 – projecting only 2.8 million foreign tourist, a figure less than the 2.9 million achieved in 2012.

Quoted in Bisnis Bali, the chief of the Bali Statistic Bureau (BPS), Gede Suarsa, said he estimated an average 220,000 foreign tourist would come to the island each month in 2013.

In fact, official arrival statistics for the month of January showed only 212,657 tourists visited Bali in January, a figure lagging 14.35% behind foreign arrivals in the same month last year [See: Bali by the Numbers - Is the Party Over? ] 

Suarsa discounts the drop in January figures to the fact that January is a low season in Bali. But, he is also encouraged by increases in Japanese, South Korean, U.K., German and Indian arrivals

Meanwhile, arrivals have declined in January for the Australian, Russian, U.S., Mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Dutch, French and Singaporean markets.