Bali is gearing up for an influx of tourists on the eve of Christmas and New Year

Around 30,000 new travelers daily. This is the forecast provided by Balinese hoteliers and travel agents for December. The peak, with the highest number of guests arriving on the island, will last from December 20, 2023, to January 6, 2024.
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The chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) stated that currently, hotels in Bali are on average 70% occupied, but he expects full occupancy by New Year.
Experts also observe a surge in activity in booking tickets for sea and land transport. In the case of the latter, it concerns domestic tourists traveling to Bali from Java through the Gilimanuk port. Despite a decrease in tourist numbers in September-October compared to the high season, interest in the island continues to grow.
Recent statistics on tourists in Bali for the past 10 months of this year indicate a return to pre-pandemic levels. Out of the planned 4.5 million guests by the end of October, 4,388,698 have already been received. However, this likely represents the number of visits rather than new guests, as visa runs are not considered.
Nonetheless, this is only 111,000 visits below what the local government had planned for 2023. Moreover, it is almost three times more than the same period last year. While not a complete recovery from COVID, there is a positive trend. Additionally, with the increasing pre-New Year demand, Bali is likely to surpass its tourist target for this year.
Top countries with the most tourists arriving in Bali (figures for October):
- Australia: 119,273
- India: 35,488
- China: 25,148
- France: 23,036
- United Kingdom: 22,446
In October 2023, Bali was visited by 461,441 people, mainly arriving by air, with 2,596 using maritime transport.
Looking at the figures for the first 10 months of this year, tourists often come to Bali from the USA, Korea, Singapore, Germany, and Malaysia. These countries are in the top 10 in terms of the number of their citizens visiting the island.
To attract even more travelers, convenient means of transportation need to be created, according to Bali authorities. Therefore, efforts are currently underway to launch direct flights from various countries. For example, on December 1, the first direct flight from New Delhi to Denpasar arrived (Vistara airline). This is a significant development as Bali and India were last directly connected in 2019 with a flight to Mumbai.
The new route will be served by an Airbus A321, accommodating up to 188 passengers. It will depart from New Delhi airport at 00:30 daily and arrive in Denpasar at 11:05. The flight time will be around 8 hours, on average 4 hours faster than the most convenient existing connecting flights but at least $220 more expensive.
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