Tourists flock back

Rita A.Widiadana is happy to report in today's Jakarta Post, that the number of foreign tourists visiting Bali has continued to increase over the past few
The strengthening of the hotel industry here is evident in the surge in occupancy rates over the past nine months. The majority of star-rated hotels in Kuta, Nusa Dua, Ubud, Sanur areas reported an occupancy rate of between 60 percent to 90 percent since last June, as compared to 30 percent to 60 percent in the same period of last year.

In addition to other favorite spots, Ubud is a must-see place in Bali, particularly for art lovers. Ririn Setyowati, executive secretary of Alila Ubud in Payangan, Gianyar said business had been steady in 2004.
"We mostly serve European guests and only a few domestic ones," she added.
Hoteliers in Bali are confident that tourists are no longer afraid to mark the island as the top location on their travel itineraries.