July is traditionally one of the busiest months of the year in Bali in terms of foreign tourist arrivals. But, in July 2020, during the global pandemic, it was a different story entirely.
Foreign tourist arrivals for July 2020 counted by Bali Immigration totaled 47 people. As reported by Beritabali.com and based on data from the Bali Statistic Agency (BPS-Bali), foreign arrivals in Bali one year ago in July 2019 totaled 604,323 foreign visitors – declining more than 99% month-on-month in July 2020.
June 2020 arrivals were equally disappointing, recording only 32 foreign visitors.
BPS-Bali reports hotels in Bali in July 2020 recorded an average occupancy of 2.57%. In July 2019, the average occupancy recorded by BPS was 61.71%.
Due to the lack of visitors, many hotels have closed their doors and suspended operations until more guests, from domestic or foreign sources, begin to materialize.