Australia takes Bali back: China is losing its crown as the main source for tourists on the Indonesian party island amid a new wave of Australian holidaymakers
- Australia will overtake China and become the number one source of tourists
- Tourism packages without a dollar encouraged the Chinese to take advantage of travel
- They have remained the first place since they beat Australia in 2017 with 300,000
- Because US trade relations are depressing the economy, tourism in Southeast Asia has suffered
Australia is planning to take back its crown as the number one nation for tourists on its way to Bali.
Chinese visitors, who have had the title since 2017, have fallen while Beijing's trade war with the US escalates and hits the back pockets of its subjects.
The number of arrivals has fallen by more than 11 percent, with fewer than 730,000 making the trip to the Indonesian island this year.
In 2016, Australians – who have a long history of dominating tourist numbers – accounted for more than a million travelers
Meanwhile, the number of Australian holidaymakers has so far increased by 0.37 percent in 2019, according to figures from the Indonesian Institute WA today.
In 2016, Australians – who have a long record of huge tourist numbers – accounted for more than a million travelers.
They were overthrown the following year when Chinese guests rose from 987,000 to 1.39 million – the number of Aussies by 300,000.
The boost came when zero-dollar tourism packages, offering heavily discounted all-inclusive packages, encouraged Chinese citizens to travel abroad.
But while the financial crisis continues and is not expected to disappear until 2020, foreign travel and spending have stopped.
Chinese visitors, who have had the title since 2017, have begun to slide as the trade relationship conflict with the US grows
The holiday belt in Southeast Asia feels the weight because the regional tourism industry depends on Chinese spending.
The president of the Indonesian institute, Ross Taylor, has noticeably declined since January.
"This is due to the amazing growth of visitors from Australia to Bali since 2014 when [Chinese] arrivals increased by 45.78%, followed by annual increases of 28.09%, 33.94% and 57.63% respectively" , he told WA Today.
However, Australians are increasingly making the short flight to the tropical holiday destination
However, Australians are increasingly making the short flight to the tropical holiday destination.
Taylor added: & # 39; Given the difficult economic climate that prevails in Australia, and in particular WA, the number of families and people still on vacation in Bali remains relatively strong & # 39 ;.
The Bali Tourism Promotional Board estimates that 1.1 million Australians are going to Bali this year.
According to the Australian Indonesian Embassy, Australian tourists spend more money per day in Indonesia and stay longer than any other nationality.
Tourism is vital to the Balinese economy, with Australians contributing $ 1.8 million in 2014.
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