This boosted Bali`s foreign exchange income."
Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali exported about 61.92 percent of its ceramic products worth US$1.47 million to Singapore in 2013, a regional government spokesman said.

"Balis ceramic products in various designs and produced by skilled local handicraft-men are able to win overseas markets. This boosted Balis foreign exchange income," the Bali Regional Governments Public Relations Head I Ketut Teneng said here on Sunday.

He said that the ceramic-based cottage products were also exported to the United States (10.81 percent), Australia (4.22 percent), Britain (1.95 percent) and Hong Kong (0.48 percent).

Besides, some 1.09 percent were also exported to Italy, 3.10 percent to Spain, 0.88 percent to France and 13.10 percent to other countries.

Teneng said that the ceramic product exports in 2013 increased 40.1 percent from 354,190 pieces in 2012 to 475,484 pieces in 2013.

Bali is Indonesias most popular province.

It saw the number of tourist arrivals in the resort island in January 2014 jump 20.06 percent to 279,671 from 232,935 in the same period last year.

Tourism observer Dewa Nyoman Putra said recently nearly 95 percent of tourists traveling to Bali had stated their wish to visit the world-renowned tourist resort again some time in the future.

Meanwhile, 5 percent of them visited Bali for businesses and social activities, among others, he said.

More than 3.27 million tourists visited Bali last year, outstripping its target of attracting 3.1 million foreign tourists.

According to the provincial Tourism Agency, the number of tourist arrivals in Bali last year represented a 13.37 percent increase from 2,892,019 a year earlier.***2***

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