An increasing number of Malaysian tourists visited Bali between January and February this year, making Malaysia the third largest supplier of foreign tourists to the resort island after Australia and China, in first and second position, respectively.
"The number of tourists from Malaysia continues increasing every month," Wayan Sudana, a tourism observer, said in Denpasar on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Data from the Bali Tourism Office showed the number of Malaysian tourists to Bali reached 33,560 in January and February, rising by 29.31 per cent from 25,954 in the corresponding period last year.
This figure saw Japan replaced as the third largest supplier of foreign tourists to the island, Wayan said, adding the number of tourists from Japan had reached 30,691 in the January-February period, falling by 2.62 per cent from 31,517 in 2013.
Tourists from Malaysia formed part of the 67,357 tourist arrivals from ASEAN countries, which included Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, in the first two months of this year.
By comparison, the total number of foreign tourists to Bali in the same period reached 555,015.