Foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia between January through March 2014 reached 2.2 million, or a significant increase of 10.07% compared to Q1 of 2013. While March arrivals numbered 765,607, way above the monthly average of 740,000.
“He was caught for speed driving under the influence of alcohol and also hitting other drivers,” pointed out the Denpasar City Police Department’s Head of Public Relation, Adjunct Commissioner Ida Bagus Made Sarjana in Denpasar, on Tuesday.
The Bali Police have called on residents to remain alert and actively protect the island from various security threats, including foreigners in the province.
The number of foreign visitors to Bali totaled 279,257 in January, 2014 or an increase of 19.89 percent year-on-year. “The Ngurah Rai international airport recorded the largest number arrivals directly from their respective countries with only 572 passengers of tourist boats,” head of the Bali Central Bureau of Statistic (BPS) Panusunan Siregar said on Monday.
A number of foreign students who study in Bali are considered not affected by the issues of terrorism and security in Indonesia after the raid of suspected terrorists in Ciputat, South Tangerang, Banten.
The BPS said that the number of foreign tourist arrivals rose by 13.52 percent to 789,594 visitors in June, the highest monthly figure in history.
The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry revealed on Monday that Indonesia welcomed 2,664,176 foreign arrivals from January to April this year, an increase of 5.31 percent from 2,529,826 in the same period last year, mainly due to incoming tourists from the Middle East.
More than half of Bali’s foreign visitors felt the island’s traffic congestion detracted from its status as an international tourist destination, according to the results of a survey and market analysis carried out by the provincial Tourism Agency last year.
Technology has facilitated most foreign tourists who visit Bali as they find information about the tourism destination from the Internet.
Bali Police arrested two foreign residents after reportedly finding marijuana and crystal methamphetamine in their homes, police said.