Fri, 16 Jul 2010

Denpasar (ANTARA News) - A total of 29,862 Singaporean tourists visited the resort island of Bali in the first five months of 010, jumping 53.18 percent from 19,495 in the same period last year.

The significant increase was similar to the number of Australian tourist arrivals which went up 55.72 percent, Head of the Bali Provincial Statistics Office Ida Komang Wisnu said here on Thursday.

All of the Singaporean tourists came to Bali by air, he said.

Over the period Singapore ranked ten as the source country of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali, he said.

The Singaporean tourists were made up of 3.14 percent of the overall tourist arrivals in the province in the five-month period which reached 952,073, he said.

Compared to the same period last year, the number of tourist arrivals in the first five months of 2010 rose 9.43 percent, he said.

He said five of the top ten countries saw a significant increase in the number of tourist arrivals in Bali over the period while the number of tourists from the other five countries fell.

The number of tourists from Australia rose 55.72 percent to 213,361 from 137,018, Taiwan 13.83 percent to 54,828 from 48,168, the Netherlands 45.89 percent to 30,388 from 20,829, Britain 3.83 percent to 29,862 from 19,495 and Singapore 53.18 percent to 29,862 from 19,495.

In the meantime, the number of tourists from France fell 5.35 percent from 37,256 to 25,264, South Korea 7.03 percent from 52,311 to 48,631, Malaysia 8.26 percent from 56,192 to 53,383, China 2.67 percent from 85,828 to 83,535 and Japan 24.71 percent from 132,122 to 99,473.

Meanwhile, Indonesia`s Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said in the first five months of 2010, the number of foreign tourists coming to Indonesia reached 2.77 million.

Head of BPS Rusman Heriawan said in Jakarta recently the total increased 14.59 percent compared to the 2.41 million in last year`s same period.