Despite Rising Fuel Costs, Domestic Tourism Expected to Grow 15% in 2008.
(7/5/2008) Bisnis Indonesia predicts that domestic tourism totals to Bali will grow by 15% in 2008, in part due to the unprecedented surge of local tourist coming to the Island during the current school holiday period.
The Chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA), Al Purwa, told the press that daily arrivals of domestic tourists at Bali's airport number between 1,000-2,000. Because of this, Purwa is confident that domestic tourism is on the rise and that, despite rising fuel prices and higher tour package rates, 15% more domestic travelers will visit Bali in 2008.
The month-long Indonesian school holidays is bringing large numbers of domestic tourists to Kuta's fabled beachfront and to the Pura Tanah Lot. Menawhile, the Waterbom Park in South Kuta is reporting a three-fold increase in visitors, largely comprised of domestic visitors.
The current boom in domestic visitors and strong international arrival numbers are also reflected in high occupancy rates at many hotels across the Island.