Seeking a Japanese Revival
Bali Tourism Officials Predict Japanese Arrival Figure Will Turn Around in 2011 – Increasing 5-7%
The Head of the Provincial Tourism Service for Bali, IB Kade Subhisku, told Bisnis Bali on Monday, April 30, 2012, that tourism arrivals to Bali will increase this year,
Subhisku’s optimistic prediction runs in the face of a continually declining performance in arrival number from Japan, down nearly 20% for January-February 2012, as compared to the same months in 2011.
Subhisku said the 5-7% increase in Japanese arrivals are a national target, claiming that Japanese arrivals increased 2 percent in 2011. However, according to BaliDiscovery.com , Japanese arrivals to Bali declined 25.63% in 2011 when 183,284 Japanese came to the island.
Subhisku sees his perception of the slowing in the decline in Japanese arrivals to Bali as a positive sign of slow recovery that will be aided further by new flight frequencies between Bali and Haneda operated by Garuda Indonesia. For this reason, he remains optimistic that by year’s end Japanese arrivals will have increased 5-7% over 2011.