106,773 direct foreign arrivals via Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport in September 2003 show recovery for the island's tourism industry remains elusive with the gap in total arrivals, when compared with past year's performances, deepening.
September 2003 arrivals were down 44,014, representing a gap of 29.20% when compared to the same month one year earlier.
Situation Not Improving
Moreover, the latest figures suggest that the arrival gap is deepening rather than improving. The September '03 to September '02 gap of 29.20% is worse than the August '03 to August '02 gap of only 26.69%.
Quality of Arrivals Also Suffering
As shown in balidiscovery.com's article [Arrival Figures Show Impact of Travel Advisories], a major shortfall in passenger numbers to Bali has occured in the Australian, European and U.S. markets which have had a disproportionate impact on the total room nights and revenues being generated by the tourism industry. Bali's downturn in visitor numbers has most substantially affected these markets which generally produce higher average length of stays and per diem spending patterns.
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