More tourists head to Bali

By Foreign affairs editor Peter Cave

Posted Thu Aug 2, 2007 11:36am AEST

New figures released by Indonesia's Statistics Bureau show that a big jump in the number of tourists visiting the resort island of Bali is leading a revival in tourism for the whole country.

The bureau says Bali saw an increase of more than a third during the first six months of the year with almost 800,000 tourists entering Bali by air.

Tourism numbers for Jakarta fell slightly but overall the country saw an increase of more than 12 per cent.

Anecdotally, many tourism operators in Bali say that much of the increase has come from new business from Korea, Europe and the former Soviet bloc rather than from traditional areas like Australia and Japan.
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