"This is an encouraging trend for tourism in Bali that the economic growth is still conducive, and increasing number of British tourists are travelling to Bali," Bali tourism observer Made Sudana stated here, Friday.
Based on the list of foreign tourist arrivals to Bali, 119,839 British tourists directly arrived in Bali in the January-September 2015 period. The number increased by 25.29 percent compared to 95,652 tourists noted in the same period last year.
He admitted that foreign tourists, predominantly Australian, Chinese, and Japanese, visited Bali.
"However, the number of travelers from Europe has started to increase," he pointed out.
Based on information provided by the Bali Government Tourism Office, Britain was placed fifth in the list of foreign tourist arrivals to Bali and constituted about four percent of the 2.9 million tourists visiting Bali during this period.
From the European region, most tourists arrived in Bali from Britain followed by France, Germany, and the Netherlands. A total of 622,486 tourist arrivals were recorded from the European region in the January-September 2015 period.
As many as 99,851 French tourist arrivals were recorded followed by Germany, with 89,190 tourists, and the Netherlands, with 62,015 travelers during the same period.
The number of Germans visiting Dewata Island grew by 13.27 percent compared to only 78,744 people recorded in 2014. However, tourist arrivals from the Netherlands grew 7.36 percent of only 57,761 visitors earlier recorded.
Based on Sudanas opinion, tourism growth in Bali is the result of hard work of the government and other tourism agencies through active promotion of its tourism by holding art performances and participating in various exhibitions in Europe.
(Reported by IK Sutika/Translated by Roy Rosa B./INE/KR-BSR/F001)