The Jakarta Post
Chinese tourists stand in front of a souvenir stall in Bali. (thejakartapost.com/Raditya Margi)
The Chinese Consulate General in Denpasar has launched a Bali tourism guidebook in a bid to support and ease access for Chinese citizens traveling to the island.
"Hopefully, ASITA [the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies], travel agents and tourism players can display this guidebook in hotels and airports as well as other places [deemed appropriate]," said the consulate general's deputy consul, Chen Wei in Denpasar, Bali, on Friday as quoted by tempo.co.
The 29-page Mandarin-language guidebook features more information than previous editions, including information on Bali, immigration, currency, accident prevention and insurance. It also includes the operating hours of banks and restaurants, transportation, hospitals, tips during a natural disaster emergency, regulations, customs and excise, important office contact numbers, languages, tourist attractions, as well as Bali's cultures and customs.
The consulate has printed around 30,000 copies of the guidebook to be distributed for free at its office located on Jl. Tukad Badung in Renon, Denpasar.
Chen said the number of Chinese tourists to Bali continued to increase, from only 400,000 in 2014 to 600,000, 980,000 and 1.37 million in 2015, 2016 and by October 2017, respectively.
He added that the guidebook was expected to be able to boost tourism in Bali and prevent problems for Chinese tourists.
Bali Tourism Agency head Anak Agung Yuniarta Putra said Chinese tourists made up the majority of tourist arrivals to the island last year, followed by Australia, India, Japan and the United Kingdom.
"Hopefully this guidebook is useful to tourists from China," said Yuniarta. (kes)
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