Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - The number of British tourists visiting Bali in the first half of 2011 climbed 25.86 percent to 48,489 from 38,526 in the same period last year.
"Most of them came to Bali by direct flights. Only 1,204 of them went to Bali by cruise liner," Head of the Bali Provincial Statistics Office I Gede Suarsa said here on Wednesday.
With the increase, Britain managed to improve its rank from ninth to eighth among top ten sources of Bali`s foreign tourists after Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore, he said.
Gede Suarsa said the British tourists contributed 3.72 percent of the overall tourist arrivals in Bali in the first half of 2011 which reached 1.30 million, a 10.46 percent increase compared to 1.18 million in the same period last year.
He said the number of tourists from eight of top ten sources of the province`s foreign tourist arrivals rose significantly in the first semester of 2011.
Tourist arrivals from Australia rose 29.33 percent from 278,049 to 348,489, China 8,29 percent from 98,258 to 106,400, Malaysia 20.56 percent from 69,251 to 83,491 and South Korea 0.99 percent from 59,384 to 59,971.
Tourist arrivals from Singapore increased 34.19 percent from 41,483 to 65,66, Britain 25.86 percent from 38,526 to 48,489, France 7.73 percent from 42,211 to 45,473 and the United States 24.15 percent from 33,268 to 41,303.
However, tourist arrivals from Japan fell 26 percent to 88,605 from 119,731 and Taiwan 0.35 percent to 65,360 from 65,589.