Wed, 10 Aug 2011


JAKARTA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- As many as 1.3 million foreign tourists visited Bali in the first half of 2011, a 10.46 percent increase over the same period in 2010, the Jakarta Post quoted an official as saying on Monday.

"Of the island's 10 top market countries, eight show significant increases," National Statistics Bureau (BPS) Bali chapter head Gede Suarsa said.

During the same period of last year, 1.18 million foreign tourists visited Bali.

The tourists mostly come from Australia, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Britain, France and the United States.

"We recorded a decrease in the number of visitors from Japan and China's Taiwan," he added.

In the first half of this year, Australia is still on top of the list with 384,489 tourist arrivals, a 25.33 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

"Since 2009, the number of Australian visitors has steadily increased, toppling Japan, which is still reeling from the global financial crisis and the devastating quake and tsunami," he added.