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BALI EMERGES AS A PREMIER DESTINATION FOR EUROPEAN TOURISTS

European Tourists Flock to Bali: A Paradisiacal Haven Beckons

19.05.2024
BY MAXWELL SOETOMO
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Bali, often dubbed the "Island of the Gods," has long been a favored retreat for Australian travelers. However, recent travel data unveils a notable surge in popularity among European tourists flocking to this Indonesian paradise.

Renowned for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, Bali's allure is captivating an increasing number of European travelers. Accessible international flights have played a pivotal role in propelling Bali to the top of European travelers' must-visit destinations.

Historically, European visitors frequented Bali as part of backpacking ventures and romantic getaways. However, there's been a noticeable shift. Bali is now evolving into a premier choice for annual summer vacations among European tourists.

Gufron, trustee of the Bali Sales and Marketing Community (BASACOMM), revealed that tourist numbers across various demographics are on the rise as Bali enters its peak season. Notably, Australian tourist figures are projected to surge by 30% this year, with European visitors following closely behind. Gufron stated, "This means Bali continues to move, even for the Australian market. Apart from Australia, tourists from Europe also have the potential to visit Bali."

However, despite the growing demand, challenges persist. Gufron emphasized the need for more direct flights from major European cities to Bali to sustain these burgeoning travel trends. He stressed, "In fact, the current challenge is the airline flight. Airline prices are quite high, especially in Europe. Therefore, there must be a policy from the government."

While direct flights from major Australian cities abound, European travelers often face the inconvenience of layovers en route to Bali. Dubai serves as a popular layover hub, with daily flights to Bali. Other layover options include Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Singapore, though they often extend travel time and inflate costs.

Facilitating travel for European tourists, Bali offers a 30-day visa on arrival, obtainable either at the airport or via the Indonesian e-visa website. Furthermore, tourists from 97 nations can utilize newly installed autogates at Bali's Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, streamlining the immigration process.

With an average stay of 3-5 days, Bali is urging tourists to prolong their visits. European travelers, in particular, are encouraged to immerse themselves in the island's offerings over extended stays of 10-14 days. This allows ample time to unwind, explore, and fully experience Bali's rich tapestry of culture and natural beauty.

As Bali continues to enchant travelers worldwide, its status as a premier destination for European tourists appears firmly entrenched, promising unforgettable experiences and lasting memories amidst its idyllic landscapes.

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