Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Foreign tourist arrivals in Bali in the first quarter of 2011 reached 848,899 or up by 13.37 percent compared to 748,754 in a corresponding period last year, a local statistical bureau official said.

"Most of them arrived in Bali at Ngurah Rai airport from their countries and only 12,143 came by cruise ships," Gede Suarsa, head of the Bali provincial Bureau of Statistics said here on Thursday.

Bali had set its tourist arrival target for 2011 at 2.6 to 2.8 million or higher than the actual number in 2010 hich was 2.57 million, he said.

According to Gede Suarsa, the number of tourists coming to Bali from seven countries showed a significant increase, while that of tourists from three other countries decreased.

An increase was recorded in tourist arrrivals from Australia, namely to 210,903 from 162,082 people or up by 34.92 percent, from China rose by 0.19 percent or from 71,052 to 71,186 people, from Malaysia up by 32.95 percent or from 39,435 to 52,507 people, from England up by 46.98 percent or from 21,859 to 32,128 people.

In addition, the Russian people trip to Bali rose 26.74 percent namely from 24,970 people to 31,646 people, Singapore`s 42.99 per cent or from 21,095 to 30,455 people, and French 15.15 percent or from 25,095 to 28,897 people.

Meanwhile, three countries of which their tourist visits showed a decrease to Bali including Japan by 21.81 percent or 44,085 people in the first quarter of 2011 from 64,455 people of the corresponding period of 2010.

Taiwan decreased 10.51 percent or from 44,085 to 39,451 people and South Korea`s 1.35 percent namely from 37,787 people to 37,277 people, Gede Suarsa added. (*)

Editor: Ruslan Burhani
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