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Political unrest boosts Bali tourism industry

Political unrest boosts Bali tourism industry
27 May 2014

The tourism industry in Bali has been given a major boost by the ongoing political crisis in Thailand.

The trouble has seen more Australian tourists head to this charming part of the world in 2013, and there is every prospect that this will continue into this year.

Active travel warnings have been in place due to the situation in Thailand. In fact, the country saw a dramatic five per cent fall in tourists in the first four months of 2014, compared to 2013.

From January to the end of March, as many as 831,625 foreigners visited Bali, as compared to 727,013 in the same period last year.

Some 25 per cent of these were Australian, which is a marked increase on the year before.

The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association Bali chairman Tjokorda Artha Ardana Sukawati said that trouble in the region was largely to blame for the trend.

"The impact of that is, there has been flow of tourists to Bali," he told AAP.

"Bali is not the only one receiving this flow. Vietnam is also receiving it. I don't want to laugh over our neighbour's misery, but this kind of opportunity must be used to its maximum."

In light of this, Bali has intensified its marketing campaign, while a large number of hotels are also offering deals in an attempt to capture more visitors.

Elsewhere, it was revealed recently that Morocco and Tunisia both witnessed double digit growth in 2013.

The number of UK visitors to Morocco increased 28.7 per cent on the year before, while Tunisia saw a 17 per cent rise.

Spain was the top destination for UK tourists who went abroad last year, according to the report. The cheapness of the destination and its close proximity to London makes it a major attraction.ADNFCR-408-ID-801723336-ADNFCR

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