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9 Months Tourist arrivals down 9.26%

Sunday November 05, 2006

International Visitors arrivals through ’s 13 entry points during the first 9 months until September 2006 dropped 9.26% to 2.93 million compared to the same period last year, which reached 3.23 million, reported the National Statistics Board. Whereas, arrivals in September was down 2.87% compared to August.  

September arrivals in Bali compared to August was down a small 0.21% but a big drop of 25.95% compared to the same month last year, reported Bisnis Indonesia.  

Xinhua further adds that during the first 9 months, international arrivals to Bali , the country's main tourist destination, plunged 21.08 percent to 962,211 against 1.2 million last year, according to the data released by the National Statistics Bureau. 

was the second largest destination for foreigners, accommodating 854,323 arrivals, tailed by the industrial island of Batam with 753,118 arrivals.