The growth in tourist arrivals to Bali slowed to 4.0% in May 2011, according to the latest data reported by BaliDiscovery.com. The Indonesian resort island received 204,500 visitors during the month, compared to 196,700 in May 2010. This rate of growth marked a slowdown from the consistent double-digit year-on-year expansion seen on the island in recent times.
Of the island’s top source markets, Australia continues to lead the way. The number of Aussie visitors jumped 18.3% year-on-year in May 2011 to 56,100 – 27.4% of the total arrivals to the island. Visitation from Japan however, fell 38.1% to 10,500 in the wake of the country’s recent disasters, allowing China to leapfrog into second place. Bali welcomed 15,900 Chinese tourists in May 2011 – 26.9% more than the same month last year.
For the first five months of the year, Bali has received 1.03 million visitors – up 11.3% year-on-year.