Although the Government hoped to record a modest 3% increase in overall tourist arrivals in 2001, the final tally ended at 5.15 million - 150,000 people short of the downwardly revised total of 5.3 million visitors and a scant 1.77% improvement over the total figures reported for 2000.
The authoritative Indonesia Digest published by 'Ibu' Wuryastuti Sunario firstname.lastname@example.org, reports that the National Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded 5.15 million visitors via Indonesia's 71 air, sea and overland entry points during the entire year of 2001.
Meanwhile, overall foreign arrivals at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport decreased 3.10% in 2001, down to 1,422,714 direct foreign arrivals for the year 2001. These figure do not reflect foreign arrivals entering Bali by land, cruise ship, or those on domestic flights who entered the country through another Indonesian gateway.
Average daily expenditure by visitors, however, was down 7.21%, at US$ 100.42 or $1,053.36 average expenditures per visitor during his or her stay in Indonesia. The average length of stay by each visitor was also less by 14.44%, down from 12.26 days to 10.49 days, a figure perhaps reflecting a greater reliance on regional visitors who traditionally undertake shorter visits.
Indonesia Digest's figures supported the perception that domestic travel in Indonesia is beginning to boom. Domestic air traffic recorded a whopping 21.05% improvement.
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