I love it when my predictions come true.
Ten years ago at this very meeting below when I spoke to 200 Travel Agents in Beijing and another two or three hundred in Quanzhol and Shanghai on behalf of the Indonesian government I predicted Chinese will be the number one tourist to Bali.
|Bali news and views editor comment speaking on behalf of the Indonesian government to several Chinese Travel Agents in Beijing in 2008. He predicted China would be number one tourist to Bali|
At the time they were 18th. My fellow Bali hoteliers and travel agents laughed at my prediction. The Indonesian government scolded me for making such a prediction.
Now they're all realizing I was right.
Everybody should get prepared for a huge onslaught of Chinese tourists to Bali which is good for Bali business.
Always remember that "Bali real estate demand is directly proportional to Bali tourist demand" so the Chinese who are in currently buying in Bangkok and stopped buying in Australia will start to buy in Bali this year in masses.
If you've noted they always move together, so if one buys they will all buy.
So get ready for substantially higher prices for Bali real estate this year and higher rental prices for rooms in hotels as well.
It is great news for Bali for 2018 from a country that's only 4 to 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours away.
Holy Moly, Middle Kingdom: Chinese tourists visiting Bali went up by 51.52 percent in 2017
By Coconuts Bali Jan. 11, 2018
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Year of the Rooster? More like Year of the Chinese tourist.
So many Chinese tourists visited Bali from January to November 2017 that the amount of Chinese arrivals jumped up by 51.52 percent compared with the same period in 2016, according to stats that have just been made publicly available.
Chinese tourists dominated Bali’s foreign arrivals for the first 11 months of 2017, accounting for more than a quarter of foreign tourists during that period.
A recorded 1.37 million Chinese arrived in Bali on holiday from January to November 2017, which rose by 467,292 from 2016.
“The people of (China) came to Bali mostly through Ngurah Rai Airport, through direct flights, mostly from their country. Only 164 passed through seaport by cruise ship,” head of Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Bali Province Adi Nugroho said in Denpasar on Thursday.
Chinese visitors made up 25.54 percent of Bali’s foreign tourist arrivals, recorded at 5.38 million for the first 11 months of 2017, followed by Australian tourists, who trailed behind, accounting for 18.87 percent of Bali foreign tourists.
The rest of the top 10 countries supplying tourists to Bali in 2017 included: India (4.53 percent); Japan (4.42 percent); UK (4.25 percent); USA (3.30 percent); France (3.17 percent); Germany (3.15 percent); South Korea (3.12 percent); and Malaysia (2.88 percent).
Of the top 10 countries sending tourists to Bali, most experienced a significant increase except Australia (decline of 3.02 percent) and Malaysia (decline of 2.66 percent), Nugroho told Antara Bali.
Increasing direct flight connections and cross-marketing between Indonesia and China are factors to thank for upping the massive volume of Chinese visitors to Bali, says Nugroho.
Meanwhile, on a separate occasion, head of the Badung Regency Tourism Office, I Made Badra, welcomed China’s lifting of a travel warning by the central government, advising Chinese citizens against traveling to Bali because of activity from Mount Agung.
Badra hopes that the revocation of the travel warning will see tourist numbers go up in line with the Chinese New Year holiday, which falls on February 16 this year.