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There is a decline in tourists’ length of stay in Bali, and the reason is attributed to growing competition from other regions.

Throughout the month of June, according to Bali’s Statistic Agency (BPS), tourists spent an average of 3.04 days in starred hotels, down 0.14 days compared to their length of stay in May. The same goes for non-starred hotels in the same time period. They stayed for 2.72 days in June, down 0.26 days from the previous month. Nevertheless, there is actually an increase of 3.02 percent in terms of tourists visiting Bali in June.

The Head of Bali’s Tourism Agency, Anak Agung Yuniarta, remarked that there are two factors that caused the decrease, the first being the promotion of other regions as new holiday destinations. “There are 10 destinations that are set by the government,” said Putra, as quoted by Nusa Bali. One of them is Gili Trawangan in Lombok (West Nusa Tenggara) –  there are around 3000 tourists crossing to Gili Trawangan from Bali per day. “This definitely affects their length of stay in Bali.”

The second factor is the supporting infrastructure, namely the crowded roads and traffic jams. “Can you believe that it takes two hours just to go to Denpasar from Ubud?” asked Putra. “Traffic jams are actually the most common complaints by tourists.”

Tourism industry players have previously admitted that there are signs of a decline regarding tourists visiting Bali, and that might be caused by the 10 new holiday destinations being heavily promoted by the government. Among them are Gili Trawangan, Labuan Bajo, Raja Ampat, Danau Toba, Wakatobi and Borobudur.

Regardless, some are not worried by the decline. “Bali is still a tourist magnet in Indonesia,” said Anak Agung Rai Suryawijaya, the Chairman of Indonesia’s Hotel Association (PHRI), adding that most Europeans would spend 14 days in Bali and two days outside of the island, before coming here again before going back home. “So no need to worry because Bali is still the barometer for Indonesian tourism,” he concluded.

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  • François Richli
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    Average Length of Stay in 2004 : 13.2 nights

    • Ruchelle Turpin
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      The fares have done a lot of damage. And the violence hasn’t helped either, muggings, phones stolen, safes broken into, plus the taxi situation. Many people I know are now going to Vietnam, which has become the new Bali. Cheaper and not as violent as Bali. So much is starting to happen in Sanur now. Including our family taxi situation, not good

    • François Richli
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      Sorry to say that yours has little to do with it : The market has changed, it is no longer (with the exception of the Australians in Kuta) dominated by Westerners … the new markets are Asian and domestic, they use Bali as a week-end destination.

    • Ruchelle Turpin
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      François Richli Chinese have over taken Aussies

    • François Richli
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      Ruchelle Turpin …and domestik far exceeds Chinese

  • Charles Verhaeghe
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    Spice Dive Beach at noon….cool and sunshine in the Lovina area…no cabs…no violence
    ….just Bali Asli….

  • Daniel Muller
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    They spend half their holiday in traffic.

  • Jiro Made Sentena
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    Curious as to how the decline in length of stay relates to other benchmark destinations. Could it be indicative of a wider industry trend, or is the trend specific to bali and ,if so, why? Instinct tells me it’s not specific to Bali – with only a handphone (as compared to 2004) now a traveller can book a ticket and room in a matter of minutes, so travel overall is FAR easier and much more accessable to the masses. It makes sense, then, that more people are coming for shorter stays because of the ease at which travellers can come and go.

    • François Richli
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      Look at how many are coming from Singapore, KL and Jakarta – all within a two & a half hour flight time, rather than 14 hours to Europe.

  • Collin shippe
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    Bali scammers. money exchange ripoff. If they count 4 piles of 20k notes onto counter walk out they work like magicians to remove 25% with slight of hand. Genuine ex will count 100k notes onto counter and when checked will be ok. ATM are also known to skim . Beaches are like refuse tip they blame java but their rivers are full of rubbish too. Want to vacation in garbage can go to bali Of course tourism is down

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