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||18 November 2009
Indonesia expects Bali to attract 2.1m tourists next year
As Indonesia ramps up tourism drive, the Bali administration has set an ambitious target of attracting 2.1 million foreign tourists in 2010, the Jakarta Post reported.
Head of the Bali Tourism Board, Ida Bagus Kade Subiksu, told reporters that foreign tourist arrivals had been increasing since early 2009. “We have seen substantial growth in foreign tourist arrivals,” Subiksu said.
The island plans to attract 1.9 million tourists this year. As of October 2009, foreign tourist arrivals had reached 1.67 million, a 13 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
IB Ngurah Wijaya, chairman of the Bali Tourism Board, responded positively by saying that the target was achievable. “I believe we can attract 2.1 million foreign tourists considering the island’s tourist industry is already rebounding,” Wijaya said.
He added that he saw growth in tourist arrivals and hotel occupancy rates, and robust business in tourism-related industries including restaurants and travel agencies.
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