Bali Soaring In Popularity With European Tourists

The latest travel data shows that Bali is soaring in popularity with tourists from Europe.

The Island of the Gods has long been the vacation destination of choice for Australian tourists, and this year it seems Bali is topping the charts with tourists from Europe too.

With international flights to Bali more accessible than ever before, it’s easy to see why Bali is becoming a must-visit destination for European tourists.

For decades, Bali has been a much-loved destination for European travelers, many of whom have visited the island as part of backpacking adventures and honeymoon getaways.

Now, Bali is becoming a destination for annual summer vacations for European tourists.

Speaking to reporters, the trustee of the Bali Sales and Marketing Community (BASACOMM), Gufron, explained that the number of tourists from all demographics of travelers is increasing as Bali enters the high season.

Gufron said that Australian tourists figures are set to increase 30% this year, with European travel trends coming along close behind.

Gufron said, “This means Bali continues to move, even for the Australian market. Apart from Australia, tourists from Europe also have the potential to visit Bali. Like Germany, tourist visits from that country will increase by 14.23 percent in 2024.”

Gufron noted that although there are increasing numbers of flights available to Bali, more flights are needed direct from major European cities to Bali if these travel trends are to be supported.

He shared, “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.”

The travel expert shared his suggestions for the industry in order to capitalize on the rising demand from European tourists to travel to Bali.

He noted that there are sufficient direct flights from major cities across Australia, including Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, but that it is tricky for most European tourists to fly to Bali without catching a connecting flight.

Gufron said, “BASACOMM suggests that there is a need for additional direct flights. Indeed, there are direct flights from Qatar, Turkey, Singapore and others, but they are still very lacking.”

Most tourists flying from western and central Europe to Bali must take a layover before jetting off to the Island of the Gods once again.

The most affordable and frequent layover for European tourists is in Dubai, with flights departing for Bali on a daily basis.

Others take a layover in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Singapore before catching a shorter flight to Denpasar.

These layovers can add additional travel time and often increase the cost of travel directly.

Tourists from most European nations can travel to Bali and Indonesia more broadly on a 30-day visa on arrival.

The visa costs IDR 500,000 and can be paid for on arrival or arranged prior to arrival via the Indonesian e-visa website.

Tourists from 97 nations are eligible for the e-visa on arrival, and holding this visa entitles tourists to use the newly installed autogates at Bali’s Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport.

During this upcoming high season, the ability to use the autogates is set to be a real-time saver for tourists who will be able to complete their immigration arrivals process in just a matter of seconds.

It is no surprise that Bali is increasing in popularity with European tourists. Bali has been on a mission to promote the island as a destination where tourists can stay for a long time.

With the average tourist stay in Bali sitting at 3-5 days and many tourists visiting for a long weekend, Bali has been working to encourage tourists to stay longer and spend more.

For European tourists its very difficult to visit for just a couple of days and with so much to explore, staying 10-14 days in Bali is the perfect amount of time to feel rested and rejuvenated on vacation and explore the very best of what the island has to offer.


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