The decline in foreign tourist visits to Bali has occurred before the Covid-19 pandemic entered Indonesia or since February 2020.
Based on data from the Bali Tourism Office, 528.883 foreign tourists visited Bali in January 2020, which showed an increase of 15.93 percent on an annual basis (year on year / YoY).
In February 2020, the number of foreign visits was 363.937, 16.82 percent down (YoY). The decline in foreign tourist visits then continued to deepen in March 2020 to 156,876 foreign tourists or minus 65.11 percent (YoY).
From April to July 2020, foreign tourist visits have worsened with a decrease of 99.9 percent (YoY). This condition continued until the end of the year in line with the lockdown policy of several countries and a ban on the entry of foreign tourists to Indonesia.
Head of the Bali Tourism Office Putu Astawa admitted that in February 2020 there had indeed been a decrease in foreign tourist arrivals. This decline was caused by the drop in tourist arrivals from China. The decline in Chinese tourist visits was triggered by the outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan, China.
“In January, there is still an increase, because there have been cases in Wuhan since the end of December so that there has been a decrease in Chinese tourists to Bali,” he told.
In total, the number of foreign tourists visiting Bali during 2020 reached 1.050.504 tourists or decreased by 83.26% YoY.
Foreign tourist visits in 2020 were the lowest for the last 13 years.
The highest number of foreign tourist visits occurred in 2019 which reached 6.275.210 tourists.
The deepest drop of visits in 2020 occurred for Chinese tourists with a rate of 90.11 percent (YoY).
From the percentage of nationalities, Australian tourists accounted for the largest portion of visits, namely as much as 21.17 percent of the total visits. The decline in Australian tourists during 2020 reached 82.14 percent (YoY).