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Jakarta Post

Bali tourism fully recovers ... so what?

  • Hyginus Hardoyo

Denpasar   /   Tue, November 11 2008   /  10:54 am

Concerted efforts designed to revive Bali's tourism industry, which had been devastated by two violent bomb attacks on the resort island in 2002 and 2005, have born fruit. The tourism industry in Bali -- an island which is known by many names, including the island of Gods, the island of paradise and the island with thousands of temples -- has recorded steady growth as proven, among other things, by the sharply rising number of foreign tourist arrivals. The Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) has projected that the total number of foreign tourists to Bali will continue increasing to more than 2 million by the end of this year -- a great contribution to Indonesia's 2008 target to attract about 7 million foreign travelers. Everyone is happy about the promising progress. Balinese tourism operators and government officials feel upbeat with some of them stating Bali's tou...