The Indonesian Government’s efforts to grow the domestic market to become the dominant source of inbound visitors to Bali are beginning to show results. Because of the current international travel ban against foreign visitors coming to Bali, almost 100% of all visitors to the Island are now domestic travelers. The National Government’s intent, however, is that once Bali reopens to foreign tourists, the overall market mix will have shifted to making domestic tourists the primary source market.
In the past, foreign tourists have represented more than 60% of all visitors to Bali.
Tribun-bali.com records the encouraging development that domestic tourists are now returning to Bali in significant daily numbers, even in periods outside holidays.
Domestic arrivals at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are now beginning to average above 5,000 each day. Taufan Yudhistira, Stakeholder Relation Manager for PT Angkasa Pura – the Company that manages the air gateway, said: “On the average, domestic passenger arrivals for the period 01-20 November 2020 totaled 5,451.” Extrapolated to include arriving and departing passengers in Bali over the 20 days, the total number of travelers was 224,445 or 11,222 per day.
Taufan said domestic passenger arrivals were dominated by tourists flying from Jakarta, Makassar, and Surabaya. Other cities proving popular as a departure and arrival city for Bali flights are Solo, Yogyakarta, Lombok, Solo, and Semarang.
To sustain and grow these numbers even more, COVID-19 health protocols at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are rigorously enforced. Airport and Aviation Security (Avsec) personnel continuously patrol all areas urging travelers to maintain physical distancing and wear protective masks at all times.