Bali tourism numbers up so far in 2017

Tourists at Kuta Beach. Photo: Flickr
Tourists at Kuta Beach. Photo: Flickr

The number of tourists visiting Bali is going up and up.

Stats in from January to March 2017 shows 4.83 million passengers visited Bali, compared with 4.5 million in 2016 during the same period, according to Ngurah Rai Airport spokesman Arie Ahsanurrohim.

“If we compare the number of passengers in the first quarter of this year compared with same period last year, the increase is 7.3 percent,” the spokesman said on Monday, as quoted by VIVA News.

Based on the 2017 data, foreigners account for a little over 2.53 million of the passengers, while 2.3 million were domestic travelers.

“We’ve seen an increase in international passengers thanks to new flights from Qantas which opened a direct route to Sydney, plus several charter flights from various cities in China, such as Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Chansha,” Ahsanurrohim said.

Indonesia has set a national target of 15 million foreign tourist visitors for 2017 and hopes Bali will bring in 40 percent of the target.

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