Statistics and graphics tracking daily foreign arrivals through Balis Ngurah Rai International Airport covering the months of October 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 provide bold testament to the effect of terrorism on the island’s tourism and a much less drastic downturn in business following the most recent bombing of October 1, 2005.
While business nosedived in the days immediately following both the 2002 and 2005 attacks, the graphic presented by balidiscovery.com shows that the trough sustained a "plateau" at a substantially higher level following the most recent attacks. In 2002 daily foreign arrivals sank after that attack and then hovered at something near an average 860 people per day through the end of October. Meanwhile, post-bombing daily arrivals for October of this year fluctuated between 2,000 to as high 3,566 passengers per day achieving an average of approximately 2,400 foreign arrivals per day. In other words, while business is down following the latest bombing, arrival numbers are operating at levels almost 180% better those in the post-bombing period of October 2002.
Daily Foreign Arrivals Ngurah Rai Airport
Perhaps most heartening and worthy of tracking in the weeks ahead are indications shown on the graphic suggesting a increasing narrowing of the gap between the post-bombing October 2005 daily arrivals and daily arrivals recorded for the record month of October 2004.
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