BTB: International Tourism Back by 88 Pct.

The Bali Tourism Board (Gabungan Industri Pariwisata Indonesia -GIPI) has declared that the level of recovery of international tourism to the Island has returned to a level of 88% when compared with 2019 or the pre-COVID pandemic era.

As reported by, the number of foreign tourists coming to Bali in 2023 through 15 December 2023 was 5.37 million. For comparison purposes, the number of foreign tourists in 2019 totaled 6.3 million. 

Chairman of The Bali Tourism Board, Ida Bagus Agung Parta Adnyana

The chairman of The Bali Tourism Board, Ida Bagus Agung Parta Adnyana, quoted in the State News Agency Antara on 29 December 2023, said: “We have through all of 2023 surpassed the target of 4.5 million foreign visitors.” 

The interim total arrivals 2023 doubled the number of foreign tourists who came to Bali in 2022. Arrival numbers began to improve dramatically after international flights to Bali were gradually resumed starting from 07 March 2022. As a result, Bali’s economy improved by 5% through Q3 2023. Through the end of 2023, economic growth was running at 5.5% – performing at levels above the national average. 

The improvement in Bali’s tourism sector is keeping pace with predictions on the recovery of the global tourism sector by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), stating that world tourism has recovered to 80-90%.

Meanwhile, viewed from a national perspective, foreign visitors to Indonesia had hit 9.5 million by October 2023, based on data from the National Statistics Agency (BPS). Of this total, 46.2% visited Bali.

Bali remains the top national destination for foreign travelers, followed by Jakarta and Batam.

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