As the end of 2023 is drawing close, Indonesia is looking ahead to a big year in 2024.
There will be a general election in February, and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economies is outlining how the tourism sector will flourish in the year ahead.
Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno, has revealed tourism targets for the country for 2024. He said “The achievement of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia this year is around 11 million or above the target of 8.5 million”
With this in mind, Minster Uno said “In 2024, we are targeting 14 million foreign tourist visits. We are optimistic that in 2025, the tourism sector will recover to normal.”
This is a nationwide target, but with Bali being the biggest vacation destination in the country, provincial targets will certainly be increased again for 2024 too.
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This year Bali targeted to welcome 4.5 million international arrivals. Travel data from the end of October shows that 4.3 million intentional holidaymakers touched down in Bali this year so far, with November’s numbers still being crunched and December only just beginning, it’s safe to say that Bali has smashed its 2023 targets.
In 2022, Bali welcomed one million tourists just over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Minster Uno and his teams are happy that the recovery of the tourist sector has continued on its positive trajectory.
Although borders were reopened in Indonesia in February 2022, experts predicted it may take up to five years for the tourism industry in Bali to fully bounce back.
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Minster Uno explained that the growth is positive, and looking at figures for 2023 told the media “This is good news which will have an impact on increasing tourist travel in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia. This can be seen from Indonesian tourism which this year experienced an accelerated revival.”
He added, “We initially set a target of 7.6 million foreign tourists visiting, then increased it to 8. 5 million, and this year we will get 11 million visits.”
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In 2023 so far the top visitors to Bali have hailed from Australia. In October alone over 122,000 Australian holidaymakers landed in Bali to enjoy the wonders of the Island of the Gods.
Looking at nationwide travel statistics the trends remain much the same.
Minister Uno outlined the top international arrivals by percentage. He said “So who has visited Indonesia? Malaysia is 14.16%, Australia 13.18%, Singapore 9.1%, China 7.7% and Timor Leste 6.02%.”
He confirmed that the movement of people over the Christmas and New Year holidays is going to be intense.
He and his teams have predicted that there will be between 200-250 million tourist movements across Indonesia between the 23rd of December and the 2nd of January, with travel for many people starting a few days earlier than that.
With 2024 set to be a huge year for travel in Bali, what can tourists look forward to?
Officials in Bali have spoken openly this year about their desire to put Bali on the map as a top destination for live events, including festivals, concerts, sports, and conferences.
Big festivals like the BaliSpirit Festival, Joyland Festival, and Suara Festival are all set to return in 2024.
In terms of ease of travel, things will be improving for Bali tourists in 2024.
Officials have confirmed a huge number of infrastructural projects that will bring seismic changes to the way in which Bali’s tourism traffic flows around the island.
In the third quarter of 2024, the Bali International Hospital will formally open its doors, putting the island on the map as one of the leading medical tourism destinations in South East Asia.
Of course, with more hotels, villas, apartment blocks, beach clubs, and restaurants there is so much more to discover on every returning visit to Bali.
With so much growth happening on the island, there is already a lot to look forward to in 2024.
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