From: Antara NewsDenpasar, Bali Province (ANTARA News) - Bali Island has attracted over 1.05 million foreign tourists during the first five months of 2011.
During January-May 2011, Bali received a total of 1,05 million foreign tourists, up 6.61 percent from 992,335 during the same period in 2010, Gede Suarsa, Chairman of the Bali Central Bureau of Statistics said here Saturday.
Most of the foreign tourists arrived at Ngurah Rai airport, Bali, by planes, and only 12,369 people came by cruisers or ships.
Bali has set a target to receive 2.6 million to 2.8 million foreign tourists in 2011. In 2010, Bail was visited by 2.57 million tourists.
The number of tourists from eight countries has increased, namely from Australia (up 29.34 percent from 231,361 people to 275,957 people, China (4.19 percent from 83,535 people to 87,038 people), Malaysia (25.41 percent from 53,383 people to 65,950 people), South Korea (up 0.45 percent from 48,631 people to 48,852 people), England (up 31.74 percent from 30,335 to 39,963), Singapore (33.23 percent, from 29,862 to 39,784), France (up 8.37 percent from 35,264 to 38,426), Russia 25.72 percent from 28,518 to 35,853 people).
However, the number of Japanese tourists visiting Bali during January-May 2011 dropped 24.60 percent from 99,473 people in the same period in 2010, to 74,999 people this year.
Tourist arrivals from Taiwan also went down 4.87 percent from 54,628 people in January-May 2010 to 52,157 people in the same period this year, Gede Suarsa said.
The number of tourists from ASEAN member countries in Bali, mainly Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines, in May 2011 increased to 28,819 from 20,630 in January 2011.
Indonesia has set itself the target of attracting 7.7 million foreign tourists this year.