Sun, 16 May 2010

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - The Bali provincial administration contributed 45 percent of the foreign exchange of the Rp34 trillion earned from foreign tourists visiting Indonesia.

Head of the Bali Tourism Service Ida Bagus Kadek Subhiku said here Friday Bali contributed to the national tourism sector 35 percent, or approximately two million of the 6.4 million foreign tourists to Indonesia.

"Bali belonged to us all, and is at the same time also a magnet to other regions in introducing their regions. Besides South Sulawesi, North Sumatra, Central Sulawesi, and West Papua, have also established tourism promotion cooperation with Bali," he said.

He added that the total earnings of hotels and restaurants in this province had been directly absorbed by the people, and Badung regency had the highest income of Rp850 billion, followed by Denpasar and Gianyar.

Bali province consisting of eight regencies and one city with a total population of 3.5 million, but admitted still facing infrastructure shortcomings, lack of important facilities, rather insecure security in its tourism development.

He said the 5,636 square kilometers province has 270 different tourism destinations, including 180 marine tourism facilities, mostly in the south like Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Sanur and Kuta beaches.

Support facilities include 155 star-rated hotels with 46 thousand rooms including cottages with 2,175 accommodation facilities and 1,693 restaurants, with the support of 635 travel agents and 5,127 active tour guides of the total of 8,000 certified guides.

The number of foreign tourists coming to Bali had been increasing in the last five years with the exception in 2006, in which their number dropped as the consequence of the terrorist bombings.

Their number reached more than two million in 2009, and in the first quarter of 2010 reached 550 thousand, or up by 18.40 percent of last year`s same period.