More Asian tourists in Ubud

When you walk down the main road in Ubud you see nowadays much more Asian tourists on the road then just a few years ago. Newsweek's Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop shields some light on the trend behind this in the latest edition of the Newsweek, quoting one of the most well known Ubud hoteliers:

"While 51 percent of our clients used to be Americans pre-2001, this group has now fallen to 21 percent," says Bradley Gardner, founder of the famed Begawan Giri Estate in Ubud, Bali. "Asian tourists" — mostly from Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong — "have taken over Asia since 2001." They are venturing far beyond familiar locales to places once the preserve of backpackers and intrepid Europeans.