The Bali branch of Bank Indonesia records that revenues earned by the government from visas on arrivals in Bali grew 19.89%, totaling US$14.41 million during Q1 of 2012, as compared to the same three month period in 2011.
Bisnis.com quotes the head of Bank Indonesia in Denpasar, Dwi Pranoto, as saying the amount collected between January-March 2012 represents a modest increase from the US$14.33 collected in Q4 of 2011. Said Pranoto, “that increase indicates the increase in tourists during that period (Q1 2012).”
As reported by Balidiscovery.com, the first quarter of 2012 closed with 695,239 foreign tourists coming to Bali creating a 14.76% increase in number of arrivals over Q1 2011.
While citizens of ASEAN member nations are exempt from purchasing a visa on arrival, much of the growth in revenue from visa fees comes from Australians who represents 26.75% of all foreign visitors to Bali. A surge in Mainland Chinese visitors have also increased quarter-on-quarter by a whopping 82.54% - representing a major contributor to higher visa fees.
Bali is targeting a record 3 million foreign tourist visitors for all of 2012, contributing substantially to the national goal of 8 million foreign tourists.
[Bali By The Numbers: Strong March Arrivals Put Bali On Track to Exceed 3 Million Foreign Visitors in 2012]
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