Statistics compiled by balidiscovery.com indicate that barring any major event to change current healthy upward trend in world travel, Bali's direct foreign arrivals for 2004 are lining up to set all time records.
Overall arrivals January September 2004 totaled 1,093,879 breaking the important psychological barrier of one million and turning in a year-to-date performances lagging only slightly behind corresponding figures set in 2001 and 2002.
Asia Pacific The Source of Bali's Good Fortune
Asia-Pacific arrivals are the motor behind the current surge in Bali's arrival numbers. The 4 top source markets for Bali all hail from the Asia-Pacific Japan, Australia, Taiwan and South Korea who, on a combined basis, represent 59.66% of all foreign arrivals to the island.
Asia-Pacific arrivals were up 68.62% at the end of Q3 led by Japan with nearly a quarter million visitors (244,604), but still lagging behind Japanese arrivals for 2001 and 2002. Australian visitors to Bali set all-time records at 203,609 increasing 110.42% from just a year ago. Taiwan arrivals increased a more modest 9.44% (147,768), cementing that market's steady upward trend of growth over recent years. Meanwhile, South Korea has emerged as a new player on the scene, recording 57,196 arrivals in 2004 104.37% more than just one year before.
ASEAN Malaysia's The Best
ASEAN arrivals are up 30.21% year to date with Malaysia leading the charge, aided by new discount air connections. Malaysian arrivals totals for January-September stood at 40,227 a 67.54% increase from 2003.
The U.S.A. improved its arrivals to Bali by 46.95% during the first three quarters of 2004 with 37,818 arrivals a total still 36.67% behind the same period in 2001.
European Arrivals Not Back Yet
Overall, European arrivals improved 25.63% for the first three quarters of 2004 as compared to just a year earlier. However, like the America's, Europe's numbers have failed to regain past glory, lagging 30.22% behind arrivals recorded in 2002.
Hardest hit among European arrivals remain the U.K. and Italian markets, followed by the Dutch, French and German.
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