The Jakarta Post
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, welcomed 5.2 million foreign tourists from January to October, a 6.5 percent increase from 4.9 million visitors recorded in the same period last year.
Airport general manager Yanus Suprayogi said in a press statement made publicly available on Friday that the increase was out of the ordinary because October was a low tourist season.
“The main contributors to the increase were [last month’s] 2018 International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings and the 2018 Our Ocean Conference,” he said.
The seven-day IMF-WB meetings, which ended on Oct. 14, attracted more than 34,000 foreign delegates, while the two-day Our Ocean Conference, which ended on Oct. 30, attracted over 2,200 delegates.
Airport data shows that, in terms of origin countries, the three biggest contributors to the figure were tourists from China (23.47 percent), Australia (19 percent) and India (5.6 percent).
Meanwhile, American tourists saw the highest growth at 50.83 percent to 6,653 visitors, up from 3,271 visitors in the same period last year. (brf)