Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Bali Province just release new data on the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Bali in the last five months (January – May) earlier this week.
The agency recorded a total of 2.3 million visits or up to 23.7 percent, compared to the same period in 2016, when 1.86 million people visited the island.
“As many as 2.28 million people came by airplane through Ngurah Rai Airport and only 23,424 came through seaports onboard cruise ships,” said Adi Nugroho, Head of Bali’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS), as quoted from Seminyak Times.
The government is targeting 5.5 million tourists to visit Bali in 2017.
The visits of foreign tourists to the island of God in May as many as 489,376 people, 486,207 people arrived through Ngurah Rai airport and 3,169 people via seaport people. Increase 24.03 percent compared to the same month in 2016.
Of the ten countries supplying the most tourists to Bali, eight have significantly jumped up in numbers, while two have decreased. The top spot is dominated by Chinese tourist, followed by Australia as the second-biggest source of foreign tourists to Bali, followed by India, UK, US, South Korea, Taiwan, and Germany.
The number of Japan and Malaysia visitors are decrease compared with the previous year.