Bali was visited by 1.72 million international visitors during the first half of 2014, increasing by 15.75 percent from the same period in 2013, which recorded 1.49 million visitors.
"Travelers mostly passed through Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, mostly from flights which originated in their home countries. Only 18,136 people passed through our ports, using ferries and cruise ships," head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in Bali Pasununan Siregar said on Monday as quoted by Antara.
He added that Bali welcomed a total of 3.27 million tourists by the end of 2013, surpassing the Ministry of Tourism's target of 2.8 million visitors. In 2012, Bali recorded 2.94 million visitors.
Pasununan further explained that eight out of the 10 countries that contributed the most tourists to Bali experienced significant increases while visitors from the other two countries decreased.
Australia still remained the largest contributor of visitors in the first half of 2014, with 25.83 percent or 446,406 visitors coming from Indonesia's southern neighbor. Australian tourists increased by 16.41 percent compared to last year.
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