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A strong start to a potentially troubled year

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The National News Agency Antara reports that total foreign tourists arrivals to Bali in February totaled 139,282.

The National News Agency Antara reports that total foreign tourists arrivals to Bali in February totaled 139,282.

While these are preliminary figures awaiting a final and detailed summary of arrivals for February from the Bali Immigration authorities, these numbers, if correct, indicate:

• Over time, foreign tourist arrivals may be softening somewhat.

• February 2009 arrivals at 139,282 are -10.23 percent behind arrivals for the same month in 2008 (155,153).

• Building on January 2009’s record performance (164,643), the cumulative arrivals for January-February 2009 (303,925) are still the strongest start to any year in the history of Bali tourism and a 3.01 percent improvement over the same two-month period one year before. January-February in 2008 totaled 295,025 arrivals.

Most observers expect foreign tourist arrivals to continue on a downward trend as the current year progresses with many hotels reporting relatively quiet business trends during the month of March.