Bisnis.com reports that the tourism industry remains optimistic that tourism visitors to Bali will continue to increase, little affected by the July bombings of two Jakarta hotels.
Dharma Tirtawisata, the Director of Inbound Travel at Panorama Tours said that arrivals to Bali remain high following a period immediately following the Jakarta bombings when some cancellations occurred and an entire week when no new bookings were received.
Data released by the Center for Information and Public Relations at the Department of Culture and Tourism shows that daily average arrivals of foreign tourists in Bali in the period July 1-16, 2009, just prior to the Jakarta bombing, stood at 7,283 visitors. In the period following the bombing, July 17-27, 2009 the average number of foreign arrivals to Bali rose to 7.938.
An evaluation report of foreign arrivals via Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport prepared by the Center for the Management of Networks (P2DSJ) of the Department of Culture and Tourism states that for the first 26 days of July a total of 195,908 foreign tourists came to Bali, an average of 7,535 people each day. This compares to the previous month of June when an average of 6,661 foreign tourists came to Bali each day.
A month-on-month comparison for July 2008 and July 2009, shows a 23.3% increase in foreign arrivals - 6,111 daily arrivals July 2008 versus 7,535 daily arrivals for July 2009. Hotels in Bali for July 17-27, 2009, the period immediately following the Jakarta terror attacks, averaged occupancies of 73.44%.
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