A traditional Balinese Kecak dance in Uluwatu, Bali. (GA Photo/ Mohammad Defrizal)

Bali Sees Significant Increase in European Tourists


JULY 31, 2017

Jakarta. Indonesia's efforts to boost foreign tourist arrivals have had significant success in Bali on the back of improved connectivity.

Data shows that 557,423 European tourists visited the island in the first half of this year, representing a 20.8 percent increase from the same period last year.

Bali Tourism Agency head Anak Agung Gede Yuniartha Putra said foreign tourist arrivals on the island rose 23,41 percent overall, with more than 2.8 million having visited since the beginning of 2017, compared with the same period last year.

"This is a positive development for Bali's tourism industry. We are optimistic of exceeding the target by the end of the year," he said.

Putu Winastra, owner of tour and travel company Karang Bali Asli, confirmed that there has been a significant increase in foreign tourists, with many drawn by the island's beautiful natural scenery and inexpensive prices.

He added that visiting Bali has become easier, with many international airlines providing direct flight.

"It is easy to fly from European countries to Bali. There are lots of airlines providing direct flights," Putu said.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya meanwhile said Bali is Indonesia's main tourism hub and one of its main gateways for foreign tourists.

He called on all stakeholders to strengthen the island's tourism sector, because other regions are competing with Bali to promote their tourism sectors.