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Indian tourists to Bali up 81 percent

By NNN-Antara

Dnnpasar : The number of Indian tourists visiting Bali in the first eleven months of 2007 jumped 81.6 percent to 19,204 from a year earlier, a tour operator said.

“I believe the number of Indian tourists visiting Bali will continue to increase because Indian and Balinese peoples have many things in common,” Cokorda Agung said on Wednesday.

“The potential to attract more Indian tourists is very great, the more so because India will be one of the targets of the Indonesian tourism campaign to start in February 2008,” he said.

He said the Indian government had opened its culture foundation in Bali with the aim of fostering relations with the Balinese people.

India last year ranked 14th in terms of foreign tourists visiting Bali.

To conduct the tourism campaign in India, the Indonesian government has set up tourism representative offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

Similar offices have also been set up in other 11 countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Britain, China and Saudi Arabia.

Director of Foreign Promotion at the Indonesian Culture and Tourism Ministry Tatang Rukhiyat said on the sidelines of a meeting with 20 Indian film producers in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday that the number of Indian tourists visiting Indonesia last year rose 52 percent to around 84,000 from a year earlier.