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Strong Start to 2008

Bali by the Numbers: Strong Start to 2008 with a Telling Shift in Source Markets

(3/30/2008) February 2008 arrivals to Bali hit 153,465 a +29.75% increase over February 2007 (118,275).

While 2007 was the "best year ever" for Bali tourism, 2008 is shaping up to be another record-breaking year as records set in 2007 have fallen with the arrivals reported for January and February 2008.

The graphics presented on balidiscovery.com compare January-February arrivals for 9 years 2000-2008.

Shifting Markets

February also saw a historical shift in main source markets to Bali. For many years, Bali's leading four source markets, in order of importance, have been 1) Japan, 2) Australia, 3) Taiwan and ) South Korea.

In February 2008 these numbers shifted to 1) Japan, 2) Peoples Republic of China , 3) Australia, 4) Taiwan and 5) South Korea.

In addition to the sudden increase in Chinese visitors, also worthy of note is the strong performance from Malaysia now less than 1,000 visitors away from displacing Korea's ranking in the number 5 slot.
Jan-Feb Foreign Tourist Arrivals to Bali (Click to Enlarge)