Foreign tourists at Kedonganan beach, Badung. (archive)

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – The number of international travelers visiting Bali has dropped significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Statistic Indonesia (BPS) of Bali Province recorded only 156,876 of foreign tourists visited the island in March 2020.

That number showed a decrease of 56.89 percent compared to tourists visit in February 2020 which reached 363,937 and dropped 65.11 percent compared to March 2019, which at that time the number of international tourists to Bali reached 449,569.

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Based on nationality, most travelers are from Australia with 23.83 percent, Russia 7.07 percent, England 6.77 percent, Japan 5.38 percent, the United States 5.24 percent, India 4.81, Germany 4.68 percent, France 3.60 percent, Malaysia 3.58 percent, and Singapore 2.69 percent.

While during the period January to March 2020, BPS recorded 1,049,696 visits to Bali, down 21.82 percent compared to the same period last year.

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BPS also recorded hotels’ occupancy in Bali reached 25.41 percent, down 20.57 points compared to the previous month.

The highest occupancy was recorded in Denpasar by 34.13 percent and the lowest was in Buleleng which only 20.41 percent.

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Meanwhile, the national BPS announced Indonesia suffered a decrease of 45.5 percent of foreign tourist visits in March 2020 compared to February 2020, and down 64.11 percent compared to March 2019.

Cumulatively, the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia for the period January to March 2020 reached 2.6 million, the decrease due to COVID-19 started in February 2020.

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