Foreign direct arrivals for the month of June 2005 hit 136,386 visitors surpassing last June's totals by 3.6% (131,544) and claiming for the month the moniker of the "best June ever" in terms of tourism arrivals for Bali.
Shaping Up to Become a Record Breaking Year
Year-to-date totals for the first six month of 2005 were no less impressive. From January-June 2005 a total of 688,974 direct foreign arrivals came to Bali, beating by 6.32% the 648,019 visitors achieved in the same period just one year before. Moreover, the half-year figure's for 2005 also managed to beat by 1.9% the "best ever January-June" tourist arrivals record set by Bali in 2001 (680,881).
1.55 Million Tourists for Bali in 2005?
In 2004, Bali set a new year long record of foreign arrivals with 1.46 million tourist recorded. If current rates of growth are maintained for the last half of 2005, Bali could conceivably finish the year with nearly 1.55 million foreign tourists.
Whether such expectations are realistic will depend on current efforts underway to add seat capacity to Bali with growth potential for traffic over the peak season months of July - September very much governed by availability of seats from key markets in Europe, the Americas and Australia.
Shown on balidiscovery.com
are month-by-month foreign direct arrivals to Bali January through June 1999-2005 together with a graphic tracking the island's arrivals during that period.
Our next edition of "Bali by the Numbers"
will take a closer look at January Ė June 2005 arrivals to discover trends and changes in Bali's source markets.
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