Bali Sure of 4.5 Mn Tourists by Year’s End

The Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, has declared his certainty that Bali will achieve its targeted 4.5 million foreign tourist visitors for 2023, despite the current drought and fire emergencies affecting the Island.

Tjok Bagus Pemayun, Head of Bali Provincial Tourism Service

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Tjok Bagus Pemayun pointed out that through the end of September, Bali had welcomed 3.8 million of the 4.5 million targeted for the entire year. In Q4 of 2023, Bali is averaging some 520,000 foreign monthly travelers coming to Bali, making it increasingly certain the 4.5 million target will be surpassed.

The Provincial Tourism Official’s view is that fires burning across several areas of Bali will not have any negative impact on tourism arrivals. Pemayun hopes this will remain the case, given Bali’s overwhelming dependence on tourism. 

In the meantime, Pemayun is coordinating the Island’s tourism industry, communicating updates to the world through various stakeholder associations, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), and registered tour guides.

Bali Welcome Awaits

“Now almost all areas are affected by drought, so we are informing tourists about which spots we need to avoid because the weather is extremely hot,” said Tjok Bagus. Beyond informing and updating tourist visitors, Tjok Bagus also asked for the local community to be aware of the current conditions, especially since the Bali Provincial Government has declared a drought emergency alert status in which the public is asked not to throw cigarette butts carelessly or commit other actions with the potential of causing fires. Tjok Bagus said that usually October to December is a high season for tourism and is also the rainy season. Adding: “For this reason, tourists hope to see information including conditions at each tourist attraction, provided either by licensed guides or the media,” said Tjok Bagus.

The Bali Provincial Government is also busily publicizing and promoting the new Tourism Constabulary (Satpol PP Pariwisata) to attract more tourists. 

Tjok Bagus sincerely believes that the new Tourism Constabulary will prove very helpful in providing optimal service for tourists and minimizing violations of the law by tourists while actively providing tourist information in the field. 

Bali’s Gradually Regaining its Foreign Tourist Markets

While foreign tourist arrivals are building nicely, the Island has yet to fully regain the full momentum of foreign tourist inflow enjoyed in the pre-pandemic period.

YEAR Foreign Tourist Arrivals to Bali

2023: 4,500,000 (Projected)

2022: 2,155,747

2021: 99,995

2020: 1,069,473

2019: 6,275,210

2019: 6,070,473

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