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Foreign Tourist to Bali Grow While Domestic Arrivals Stagnate

Bali by the Numbers: Bali Foreign Arrivals Up 3% for the First 3 months of 2019

Beritabali.com reports that for the first four months of 2019 the number of foreign tourist visitors landing at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport increased when compared to the same period in 2018,

The 1,860,857 foreign tourist coming to Bali for the period January-April 2019 increased 3% year-on-year when compared to foreign tourist arrivals January-April 2018 that totaled 1,807,552.

Chinese (PRC) tourist represented the largest share of foreign visitors during the first four months of the year with 430,060 (24.8% share) followed by Australians 344,223 (18.5% share) and Indians 112,897 (6.01% share).

The South Korean market grew 18% month-on-month in April 2018, while the UK market grew 14% month-on-month, followed by Japan which grew by 11%.

While many will cast aspersions on the accuracy of reports of foreign tourist arrivals in the face of quiet nightspots and hotels in Bali with lower occupancies, the true story on Bali tourism’s prosperity or lack thereof at the moment is told by the continuing downturn in domestic tourism nationwide. A double knockout blow of dramatic increases in base fares for domestic air travel travel in combination with the reduction or limitation of baggage allowances have rendered the cost of a domestic holiday for Indonesians less attractive than cheaper fares available for foreign junkets in the region. These policies have resulted in a sudden drop in occupancy on domestic flights and a spate of flight cancellations by Indonesian national air carriers.

In the case of Bali, domestic tourism is far and away the largest contributor to tourism, enjoying a market share of 65% of all arrivals.

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