Bali Targeting 600,000 Indian Tourists in 2020
Need Cited for Direct Flights from India to Bali to Make Indian Arrivals to Bali Truly Boom.
In recent years, the Indian market has grown steadily as a source of tourist to Indonesia prompting the Ministry of Tourism in Indonesia to target one million Indian tourists to visit in the year 2020.
Balipost.com reports that of the 1 million tourist visitors expected to come to Indonesia in 2020, Bali hopes to net 600,000 or 60% of that total. If those plans are successful, it will represent a 33% increase in Indian visitors to Bali over 2019 when 450,000 Indians took a holiday in Bali.
In order to attract 600,000 Indian tourists to Bali in 2020, the head of tourism for the Regency of Badung, Made Badra, warns that hard work will be required from every tourism stakeholder on the Island. Badra identified air accessibility as the greatest obstacle to growing Indian tourism to Bali, particularly as it applies to the availability of direct flights between Indian and Bali.
Badra told the press that Bali has recommended that Garuda Indonesia restore services from Mumbai and New Delhi to Bali in order that the growth targets for the Indian market can be achieved. Badra said on Tuesday, January 14, 2020: “There is no reason why Garuda Indonesia should not serve the Indian market if we remember that India has a total population of 1.3 billion with 600 million of the populace occupying the segment from the middle economic class and higher with the economic means to travel abroad.
The Bali Tourist Board and Head of the Badung Regency Tourism Office have recently undertaken sales mission to Mumbai and Ahmedabad held in conjunction with the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE India).