Air New Zealand has announced it will fly directly to Bali from Auckland between June and October.
And if there is consistent demand, the service may operate year-round.
The inaugural flight will depart Wednesday June 20, subject to government and regulatory approvals. Bali adds to Air New Zealand’s portfolio of island destinations, which also includes Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Samoa, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Niue and Honolulu.
Meanwhile authorities say 7.65 million tourists visited Indonesia in 2011, an increase of 9.24% compared to 2010 when 7 million international arrivals were recorded. The figure is short of the goal for last year which was 7.7 million tourists. But total receipts from tourism spending, actually rose 13.16% to US$ 8.6 billion, up from US$ 7.6 million in 2010.
According to Suryamin, an official with the Bureau of Statistics, the Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali recorded the highest number of arrivals at 2.78 million, becoming Indonesia’s main tourist entry port, followed by the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta that received 1.93 million arrivals.
For 2012, Indonesia aims to reach 8 million visitor arrivals, despite the expected downturn in tourists from Europe, which is one of the country’s main source markets. Marketing efforts will be more strongly directed to the ASEAN countries, East Asia, Russia, Australia and the Middle East.