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China now 2nd-largest source of isle tourists

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 6 2012   /  08:35 am

Denpasar: Better relations between China and Indonesia, especially after the implementation of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), is believed to have boosted number of Chinese tourists to Bali. The number of Chinese visiting Bali was 217,029 between January and November 2011, up 17 percent from the same period in 2010, leading China to displace Japan as the second-largest supplier of foreign tourists to Bali.

Australians still top the list of the isle’s foreign tourist arrivals.

Hartono, the coordinator of Bali Liang, an association of China-focused travel agencies, said on Thursday that the increase was supported by a rising number of foreign flights to Bali.

The increase could also be attributed to the launch of direct flight service between Bali and Jiangiao, China, he said.

“In addition to the impact of ACFTA, the rising number of Chinese...