Talk in recent weeks has mostly focused on Bali’s international tourism, but Indonesia’s most popular destination is now seeing tourism numbers picking up by tens of thousands thanks to domestic holidaymakers, according to Bali Governor Wayan Koster.
Koster said yesterday that around 20,000 domestic tourists have been visiting Bali daily recently, including those flying into Denpasar and travelers crossing from neighboring islands.
“So it is estimated that in one day there are more than 20,000 domestic tourists visiting Bali by air or land,” Koster said.
The governor said the numbers are close to how it was at the end of last year, which led to the province seeing a modest economic growth of about 2.8 percent, following months of negative growth.
“We have to work hard so that the situation is under control and we will manage it as best as possible,” Koster said.
With domestic tourism numbers on the mend, Indonesia appears to be on track to see some growth in its overall tourism industry with Bali now open to visitors from 19 eligible countries. The island might be heading into a busy November ahead, with Koster claiming that over 20,000 foreign tourists have booked their Bali hotel rooms for next month. However, Ngurah Rai International Airport has yet to see a pick-up in international routes for the time being.