Posted by: mel | March 8, 2009

Chinese Tourists to Bali Almost Double

JAKARTA, March 5 (Xinhua) — The number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia’s resort island of Bali rose to 23,100 in January, up 82.6 percent compared with December, local newspaper the Jakarta Post reported Thursday.

Chinese tourists accounted for 14.01 percent of the total number of foreign tourists visiting the resort island in January, the local statistic agency said.

“It is a 82.6 percent increase from 12,654 Chinese tourists visiting the island in the previous month,” head of the Bali Provincial Office of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Ida Komang Wisnu was quoted by the daily as saying.

Last year, 131,319 Chinese tourists visited Bali, jumping 55.82 percent from the year before when the figure was 84,278.

China now ranks the third after Australia and Japan in terms of the number of tourists visiting Bali.

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