The Indonesian-language BisnisBali reports that meeting and conference bookings to Bali are the cause of record occupancy levels in the hotels found within the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) at Nusa Dua.
Speaking to the local press, the Director of Finance for BTDC, Drs. Solichin, said an increase in meeting bookings were having an extraordinary impact on occupancies at BTDC hotels with properties enjoying the best business levels in over 5 years.
In May 2007, according to Solichin, average occupancies at the complex hit 60%.
The Need for More International Events
Saying that international events staged in Bali did much to raise the Island's image, Solichin said Bali needs to cultivate more international events in order to fully restore visitor numbers and grow the tourism economy.
According to the BTDC Financial Director, 75% of the visitors staying in Nusa Dua hotels are foreign nationals. Following the second Bali terrorist attack the demographics of foreign guests at the BTDC underwent a dramatic change. While Japanese guests remained the leading market segment at Nusa Dua hotels, the Australian market which once held the second ranking slipped to number six.
The Nusa Dua complex operated by the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) is home to some 4,500 hotel rooms operated by leading accommodation operators on a shared-revenue basis with the government-owned corporation.
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