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Bali On Course for 2.48 million Visitors by Year's End 2010

Bali By the Numbers: August Arrival Figures Broken Down by Major Markets.

(10/11/2010) Total foreign arrivals to Bali for August 2010 equaled 236,080 - an improvement of 6.13% over August 2009 when 222,441 foreign visitors came to the island.

On a cumulative basis January-August 2010, arrivals totaled 1.63 million, an improvement of 11.27% over the same period in 2009 (1.46 million).



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2010 Year End Projections

On the assumption that Bali's maintains its current 11.27% growth rate through the end of the year, Bali will log in at year's end with a record 2.481 million foreign visitors.

Main Market Results

Here's what's happening from Bali's main source market of foreign visitors:

Australia - The boom of Australian visitors to Bali continues. Australian month-on-month visitors improved 28.69% with 58,412 visitors to Bali in August. Aggregate results for the year through August are up 48.71% (401,503). Based on current growth rates, Australia can be expected to end the year with more than 650,000 visitors.

Japan - August provided some encouraging signs that a modest recovery may be underway from Japan with a month-on-month improvement of 18.23% with 32,000 arrivals. Arrivals year-on-year through the end of August, however, continue to lag with Japanese arrivals down 21.97% (170,126).

People's Republic of China - After stagnating for several months, the mainland Chinese market is staging a modest comeback, improving month-on-month 13.83% in August with 21,495 arrivals. Year-on-year Chinese arrivals have increased a more modest 3.02% (139,790).

Taiwan - Taiwanese arrivals to Bali are on the downturn, declining 6.62% in August at 10,389. Taiwanese arrivals through the end of August, however, remain 11.07% better than 2009.

Malaysia - Whether due to saturation or declining infatuation due to diplomatic strife between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, tourist arrivals have gone flat from the Malaysian market. August arrivals totaled 10,035 - virtually on a par with August 2009. Cumulatively, Malaysian arrivals through the end of August are down 1.88% (92,094) when compared to 2009.

South Korea - The lackluster South Korean market which is down 1.52% cumulatively through the end of August, showed signs of improvement in August improving 11.9% (12,325) over August 2009.

United Kingdom - In the generally improving European market for Bali arrivals, the United Kingdom's arrivals for August were up 5.19% (10,869). Year-on-year through the end of August, U.K. arrivals have improved 18.33% (69.575).

France - French arrivals are booming to Bali, improving 20% for August (16,284) when compared to August 2009. Year-on-year French arrivals have improved a more modest 2.4%.

Russia - An uncertain Russian economy is taking its toll on Bali arrivals. Expectation that the Russian market was about to boom have be tempered with arrivals down 3.06% for August 2010 (3,606) as compared to August 2009. Through the end of August, Russian arrivals are up only 3.11%

Singapore - Reflecting a general trend of shorter holidays closer to home, Singapore arrivals increased month-on-month by 49.5% for August 2010 (6,131). This mirrors a year-long trend with year-on-year arrivals through the end of August also up 55.46%

The Netherlands - The restoration of flight service between Amsterdam and Bali is reaping bounteous rewards: Dutch arrivals for the month of August improved 79.4% (10,573). Year-on-year Dutch tourists have improved 12.66% through the end of August 2010.

U.S.A. - The damaged U.S. economy is having a ripple effect on Bali arrivals. August arrivals from the U.S.A. are down a worrying 25.62% (5,353) over 2009. Counted through the end of August U.S.A. arrivals are down a less dramatic 2.11%.

Germany - German tourists improved 21.51% month-on-month for August 2010 (10,202). Year-on-year through the end of August Germany arrivals are up 6.06% (54,043).

Geographical Results

All geographical regions of the world have improved for Bali through the end of August 2010. Reflecting the dominance of regional travel over long-haul journeys, the strongest growth in travel to Bali is coming from the Asia-Pacific and ASEAN. Underlining this development, the Asia-Pacific and ASEAN now represent a massive 69.71% market share of all foreign travelers coming to Bali.