Bali used to be the destination of choice for Australian tourists, with its proximity to Western Australia. Bali is both easily accessible and relatively inexpensive for holidaymakers wanting to find some all year round sunshine, white sandy beaches and a vibrant nightlife.
Despite the tragic bombings in 2002 and 2005 which killed 92 Australians combined, tourism has continued to boom. Bali has some picturesque and idyllic beaches for surfing as well as a well known vibrant nightlife that has helped it recover from these terrible events. Of the 1.1 Million Australians that travel overseas every year for their holidays 1 Million of them go to Bali.
In recent years there has been a worrying decline in the Australian tourist market in Bali. Fewer Australians have opted visit the island. There are a number of reasons for this, although their effects are debatable. Probably the most important reason has been the decline in the value of the Australian dollar in recent times. This has made overseas travel for many Australians very expensive. †A second reason has been the 2015 campaign on social media to boycott Bali following the execution of the so-called Bali 9 which included 2 Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Whether or not this boycott had any impact on Australians going to Bali is difficult to quantify but as you wander around the resorts and beaches around Bali you notice a distinct lack of Australian tourists compared to 2 years ago.†
Stephen Holmes, a blogger on South East Asian travel noted "The number of Australians visiting Bali has certainly declined over the past 2 years and Indonesians are looking to plug this gap with other opportunities such as the Chinese market" he went on to say "With a population of over 1 Billion, around 100 Million Chinese tourists travel abroad every year".
Bali are still looking to win back the Australians though. Australianís spend more money in the shops and bars and restaurants and itís still just a relatively short hop across the sea. Stephen said " The bars and restaurants in Bali area all geared towards the western tourist, you donít find many Chinese around after dark, this is where the real money is made in Bali"
Whether or not Bali can win back Australian tourists, time will tell.†
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