At the beginning of the year, officials announced that they wanted to see 4.5 million international tourists visit the island in 2023.
A little over halfway into the year, leaders are hopeful that the island will not only meet but surpass tourism targets for this year.
It is clear that Bali is in high demand as a travel destination right now. Some tourism business leaders have started to raise concerns that recent events involving badly behaved tourists would negatively impact the number of international visitors wanting to come to the island.
Despite crackdowns on bad behavior and new policies to better control tourism in Bali, it seems that tourists from all around the world are incredibly excited to visit.
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Travel data for the year so far shows that 2.9 million foreign tourists entered Bali between January and July 2023.
With this in mind, both the provincial government and the Ministry for Tourism and Creative Economies are sure that the island will beat its targets by the end of the year.
Speaking to reporters Head of the TPI Special Immigration Class I Office, Ngurah Rai Sugito, said, “Previously, in 2022, the Provincial Government of Bali targeted 1.5 million foreign tourist visits, but instead, it exceeded 2.1 million visits. So, we are also optimistic that we can achieve this year’s target.”
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The number of arrivals to Bali is still lower than before the pandemic when the island was consistently welcoming over 6 million foreign tourists every year.
Yet the numbers are increasing rapidly. As the long school holidays come to a close and the peak vacation season in Bali eases into a quieter period, travelers and tourism businesses are looking ahead to the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Over New Year 2022/23 Bali welcomed an additional one million tourists to the island. And this year is set to be just as big.
It may only be August, but the island’s leading venues are already revealing their NYE Party headline acts.
World-famous Finns Beach Club has announced that legendary DJ Fatboy Slim will be calling in the New Year in Canggu.
According to figures revealed by the Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia as a whole is on track to surpass tourism targets by 20-25% by the end of the year.
Speaking from Jakarta earlier this week, Minister Uno gave an update about the increasing interest in Indonesia as a destination.
He explained, “We at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy provide performance guidance to actors in the tourism and creative economy sectors.”
The Minister reacted, “There have been two revisions [of national tourism data]. Now the latest figure is 8.5 million. It looks like we’re about 20-25%, so it looks like we will be above target by 20-25% above the most optimistic target.”
He concluded, “If the optimistic target is 8.5 million, but we see that the number of foreign tourists will reach 10 million this year, God willing.”
Bali is continuing to aim for 4.5 million tourists in 2023, taking in over half of the overall number of international visitors entering the country.
It remains the case that the most frequent international arrivals to Bali hail from Australia. In total, 652,461 Australian passport holders have entered Bali so far this year.
The island is welcoming an increasing number of tourists from India, with over 230,000 travelers visiting Bali between January and July this year.
Tourists from China are also on the rise in Bali, thanks to an increase in the number of direct flights and the easing of the country’s strict Covid-19 policies.
In total, 131,458 tourists from China have visited Bali so far in 2023. Tourists from the USA and the UK come in close fourth and fifth place, with 129,137 American tourists arriving in Bali and 126,822 tourists from the UK landing in Bali to date.
It seems that despite fears by some tourism leaders that tourists have started to explore options other than Bali that the island remains as popular and in demand as ever.
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