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Golfing Tourists Flocking to Bali

Bali, Indonesia: Golfing tourists continue to contribute to the sharp rise in overseas visitors to the Indonesian island of Bali.

Indonesia’s Central Bureau of Statistics has revealed that in the first five months of 2017 (January through May), tourist arrivals to Indonesia soared 20.38% year-on-year, having reached almost 5.4 million international visitors.

Anak Agung Gede Yuniartha Putra, Head of Bali’s Tourism Office, said arrivals to the island have rocketed by 23.6 per cent, largely the result of more direct international flights.

“Increased connectivity and more international flights direct from source markets to Bali have definitely increased the number of tourists to Bali,” said Yuniartha.

This year, Indonesia Air Asia has started daily flights to Bali (Denpasar) from Mumbai with a stopover in Singapore and has also begun operating Denpasar-Tokyo flights, which it serves three times weekly but will be increased to daily flights.

Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia now flies direct to Guangzhou from Bali, while Japan Airlines will fly charter flights from Narita and Emirates will increase its frequency to twice daily to Bali.

“For these reasons we are optimistic that the island of Bali will be able to contribute the target of 5.5 million international tourist arrivals set for this year,” said Yuniartha.

In terms of nationalities visiting Bali, leading the way was China with 616,233 passengers. They were followed by Australia (436,394), India (98,153) and Japan (91,076).

Baromeus Gosal, President-Director of Baltic Tour and Travel, Indonesia’s foremost golf travel operator and a member of the Play Golf Bali group, said: “Not only are these figures encouraging for the island, but also for all of the golf clubs in Bali.”

The Play Golf Bali partnership also comprises Bali National Golf Club, Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club, Handara Golf & Resort Bali, New Kuta Golf and Nirwana Bali Golf Club, which will close its doors for renovation at the end of July.

Since the launch of Play Golf Bali at the start of the year, the number of rounds at all of the clubs has increased.

Gosal said: “As well as conducting familiarisation trips with prominent travel agents from around the region, we have put together a number of attractive packages for golfing tourists and the take-up has been good.”

With further familiarisation trips planned for agents from China, Japan and Taiwan in September and October, Gosal is optimistic that scheduled end-of-year events will be well supported.

Following the success of the inaugural month-long Bali Golf Festival, a spike in golfing arrivals is expected for the Bali Golfing Extravaganza (November 1 toDecember 20).

There are also high hopes for the first Bali Dewata World Golf Tournament, aPlay Golf Bali initiative that will be staged in conjunction with Indonesia’sMinistry of Tourism from November 12-17 and will feature rounds at Bali National, Bukit Pandawa, Handara Golf & Resort and New Kuta.

Package prices include green fee, buggy fee, caddie fee and lunch as well as accommodation at the Anvaya Kuta and Royal Tulip Visesa Ubud and transport to and from the hotels.

Gosal said: “We think there is tremendous potential for a professionally-organised annual amateur event that incorporates rounds at all four of the courses in Bali.

“It’s rare that golfing tourists get to Bali play all of the courses here on the same trip. We are now making that opportunity possible and expect it to be well received.”

Details of all Play Golf Bali packages as well as profiles of the partner clubs can be found www.playgolfbali.com

For further information, please contact tour agent Baltic at
baligolf@balifantasticholiday.com (email) or +62-21 6530-0054 (phone).

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