DENPASAR: Bank Indonesia Denpasar recorded visa on arrival grew 19.89% to US$14.41 million in first quarter 2012 compared to previous quarter.
It slightly rose from US$14.33 million in fourth quarter 2011.
"Such increase became the growth indicator of tourist numbers in Bali during that period,” he said on Tuesday, May 15, 2012," Head of Bank Indonesia Denpasar Dwi Pranoto said.
Based on data of regional economic studies, the number of foreign tourists in annual rate grew 14.82% in first quarter 2012, making the number reaching to 695,610 people.
From that number, visa on arrival was dominated mostly by Australians with 26.75% from the total foreign tourists visited Bali.
The number of visa on arrival from Chinese tourist also increased rapidly in recent periods. It reached 82.54% in first quarter 2012 (yoy) with foreign tourists portion reaching to 14.95%.
Meanwhile, visa on arrival from Japanese tourists declined. It reached 42.678 in first quarter 2012 or shrunk 19.71% annual rate. Central Agency of Statistics uses the same data to measure the number of tourists each month.
In 2012, Indonesia Government eyes to attract 2.7 million foreign tourists in Bali from the target of 8 million tourists nationally. (T06/TW)