Ni Komang Erviani , Contributor , The Jakarta Post, Denpasar | Tue, 10/07/2008 10:03 AM | Bali
The peak season may be over, but the number of foreign tourists visiting Bali is projected to remain high this month due to several international events being held on the popular island.
In October, Bali will host the Nusa Dua Fiesta, Asian Beach Games 2008 and Kuta Karnival.
Head of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Perry Markus, said Monday that in October alone at least 6,500 foreign tourists were expected to come to Bali per day, a similar to the figure experienced during the July-September high season earlier this year.
While average tourism levels for October in Bali sit around the 4,500 per day mark, Perry, also a hotel owner in the famous Kuta beach area, says this year’s levels could be the highest in Bali’s history.
“October usually constitutes the low season for tourism in Bali, but this October Balinese tourism will get a kind of reward,” he said.
“These (events) will automatically increase the hotel occupancy rate in Bali as well.”
Yus Suhartana, a transportation business owner in Bali, has noticed an increased demand for vehicles in preparation for the high numbers of visitors.
“This month there have been many orders for tourism vehicles,” he said.
“There are a wide variety of vehicles for hire including minibuses, with a capacity of eight seats. Each of them has been ordered for hire.”
Data from the Bali Tourism Office show the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali reached 1.29 million in the period between January and August this year, with visits registered in July and August both peaking at more than 200,000 per month.