Revenues collected during Q2 2010 from the visa-on-arrival facility at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport totaled US$12.28 million and, on a cumulative basis, US$23 million for H1 2010, representing a 28% year-on-year increase.
Quoted in Bisnis Bali, the chief of the Denpasar branch of Bank Indonesia, Jeffrey Kairupan, postulated, "the increase occurred because of increased tourist numbers to Bali resulting from political instability at competing tourism destinations."
Bali's chief banker said that the higher tourism numbers also fed growth in the island's small industry sectors and agriculture.
Citing the positive impact of tourists who stay for longer periods on Bali's tourism-based economy, Kairupan is optimistic that efforts to increase flights to Bali from Europe, Japan and other destinations will continue to stimulate growth in arrivals and economic growth.
He underlined that air access continues to play a central role in bringing tourists to Bali. Because of this, he said, the component parts of the island's tourism industry must work together to improve the quality of services in Bali.
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