Total direct foreign arrivals via Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport for all of 2003 reached 994,616 – a figure that showed a retreat in tourism performance back to levels emblematic of those achieved in 1993 and before.
While December arrivals hit 95,783, a marked improvement from the same month in 2002 and 2001, the strong end to the year did little to improve the year-long totals which came in 22.65% behind the 2002 totals and trailed 26.69% after the 2001 totals.
The total foreign direct arrivals to Bali for the entire year 2003 fell under the important psychological threshold of 1 million, reminiscent of arrival figures for the island in 1993, the last time Bali's foreign direct arrivals were below 1 million tourists.
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