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Gauging the Downturn in Domestic Tourism

Kuta's Central Bus Parking Facility Reports a 55.39% Drop in Traffic for December 2005.

(1/7/2006) While firm data demonstrating the size and trends in domestic tourism to Bali is hard to come by, figures just released from the Central Bus Terminal in Kuta suggest that large increases in domestic fuel prices have had their toll on December's domestic visitor totals.

The Head of the Kuta Central Parking Terminal, Haji Agus Bambang Priyanto, told the Indonesian-language Bisnis Bali that the number of busses using his facility in December 2005 totaled 409, down 55.39% from the 917 busses that parked there in December 2004.

The October 01 fuel price increase, which saw the cost of diesel fuel increase 185.7%, has caused overland bus operators from Java to increase their fares between 80-100%.

On a separate but related level, Bali's traditional "sold out" situation over the Christmas-New Year holidays failed to materialize with the Island's accommodatrion providers. While many hotels enjoyed higher occupancies over this period, few found themselves turning booking away as is traditionally the case over the Christmas holiday period.