Bali sets a new tourism record in 2016
Bali surpassed their previous 4 million international tourism record in the first 10 months of 2016. Figures predict that international visitors arriving into Bali will exceed 4.8 million, surpassing the 4.2 million target set by Bali’s provincial tourism office at the beginning of 2016.
Bali has been voted one of the best islands to visit in Indonesia, with the warm climate, beautiful beaches, deep culture and stunning scenery it is no wonder Bali is becoming a top tourist destination. There is a rising number of flights travelling to Ngurah Rai International Airport, from countries such as Australia and China. These have contributed greatly to the rise of international arrivals, with Bali welcoming 2.27 million international visitors in the first 6 months of the year, with just over 1 million of them being Australian or Chinese.
Figures have experienced major growth in seven out of ten of the countries from which tourists mainly visit Bali from. These countries include Japan, Great Britain, India, the US, and France. Three of the highest visitor growth markets are the UK (+33.5%), France (+27.9%) and India (+58.7%).
High tourism figures have attracted interest from investors. Developments from major hotel chains have taken place, with Marriott building its first new-build tribute portfolio hotel in the Ubud area of Bali, only the brand’s second property in Indonesia. Hilton has also opened a huge coastal resort on the island, after the renovation, re-branding and relaunch of the Old Grand Nikko resort in the Nusa Dua area.
Leaders have called for infrastructure development around Bali and Ngurah Rai International Airport to help deal with rising visitor figures. With Bali’s top sights and experiences attracting high numbers, tourism figures look set to continue to rise over the next few years.