Bali tourism numbers from Australia: Indonesia is still the series one destination

In 2016, 1.248 million Australians visited Indonesia. That’s an boost of 11 per cent over a prior year, and adult by a large 546 per cent over a decade given 2006, outpacing a expansion over a same duration for each other finish on a list of a many renouned countries among Australian travellers.

For several years Indonesia has been a second many renouned finish for Australians travelling abroad after New Zealand. In a box of New Zealand, family reunions underline mostly in a figures. That creates Indonesia a series one convenience finish given 2010 when it leapfrogged a USA.

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Bali is a lift factor. Compared with a series of Australian residents streamer for Bali, a series who revisit other tools of Indonesia pales.

Even a Bali bombing of Oct 2002, that took a lives of 88 Australians, valid usually a proxy blip in a prolonged adore event with a Island of a Gods. In Nov 2002, a month following a bombings, arrivals from Australia shrank by over 50 per cent from a 16,100 who trafficked to Bali in Nov a prior year. By Nov 2003, a year after a bombing, a figure had distended to 24,200, a 50 per cent boost over a figure for Nov 2001.

By these numbers alone we uncover a affection. People tumble in adore with Bali. The sound of trickling H2O in a rice terraces, a mossy temples, a tok-tok sound of bird scarers branch in a wind, a suggestion houses in a rice fields with their faded, waving patches of yellow cloth, a mountainous bamboo penjors that arch above a roadsides, a smell of kretek cigarettes, a banyan trees wrapped in chequerboard cloth, a women streamer off to their midday prayers with a pyramid of fruit and flowers piled on their heads, a sound of a gamelan band flapping by a silky night –Bali casts a spell, nonetheless there are copiousness who are not enchanted.

Out of 42 comments posted in response to an essay on Bali published on a traveller.com.au website in 2015, some were stridently negative.

“The good thing about all a Aussies travelling to Bali is that there are reduction idiots in Australia. Bali, no thanks.”

“I went once and that was some-more than adequate for me.”

“There is no approach we will ever go to a place called Bali.”

“I’ve never encountered vendors that aggressive”

“Why would anyone spend income to go to an island full of bogan Australians? we usually don’t know a appeal.”

“Filthy beaches and streets, consistent harrasment (sic) by vendors, terrible place. Only good thing is that it is full of a bogans that would differently be spoiling other places!”

These are sincerely standard responses to any transport essay on Bali. Are they saying a same place as those who sing a praises? Possibly not. If their usually knowledge of Bali is a abominable disaster of Kuta, it’s no consternation they’re reduction than enraptured.

Arrests, drug philosophy and assaults involving Australians in Bali yield everlasting provender for some media, and they don’t have to demeanour distant to find tender material. What looks like a passive enlightenment to some visitors who destroy to sense a set of amicable norms outward their possess can be taken as a looseness to unleash their middle (80s) Robert Downey Jr, ensuing in some fantastic life crashes.

To a Indonesian supervision Bali’s tourism attention is a money cow that keeps on giving, a outrageous practice appurtenance and an critical source of unfamiliar exchange. Keen to widespread a world’s adore for Bali some-more uniformly within their archipelago, a Indonesian supervision has an desirous module to rise 10 new versions of Bali. The list includes a 9th century Buddhist church during Borobudur in Central Java, Lake Toba in North Sumatra, that a supervision hopes to spin into a “Monaco of Asia”, Bali’s beside island of Lombok and Labuan Bajo, a former fishing encampment during a western finish of a island of Flores.

It’s a tough call. Bali’s Hindu religion, landscape, design and adore for flowers, large-scale eremite ceremonies and daily rituals make it a splendid star, singular within a Indonesian star and one that will be tough to replicate. Australians who have depressed underneath Bali’s spell competence be tempted to wandering into other tools of Indonesia though a Island of a Gods is strenuously addictive. My gamble is they’ll keep entrance behind for more.

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Michael Gebicki

Jul 20 2017

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