Russian tourists to Bali decline

Russian tourists to Bali decline
Tanah Lot is a dramatic rock formation and a place of pilgrimmage in Bali.

The political turbulence currently surrounding Russia has affected the number of Russian tourists coming to Bali, with a monthly decrease from 6010 people to 5115 people in June.

"With the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, tourists are reconsidering their plans to go on holiday overseas," Bali tourism observer Made Sudana said on Thursday as quoted by Kompas.com.

Predominantly wealthy Russian tourists usually visit Bali using chartered air services due to the lack of direct flights from Russia to Indonesia. Made added that while Russian tourists usually visited the island at the beginning of the year, the numbers had been decreasing every month up to June.

The Bali Tourism Agency recorded that the number of Russian visitors to the island in the past six months decreased by 12 per cent to 39,783 people, from last year's figure of 45,216 during the same period.

Bali's international tourist numbers between January and June 2014 increased by 15.73 per cent, according to Made. Russia contributed 2.3 per cent to the 1,727,875 visitors in that period.

Australia remains the largest contributor of tourists to Bali, with 446,406 visitors, or 25.84 per cent of international tourist numbers in the past six months.

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