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As world leaders of G20 countries are expected to visit Bali this November for the intergovernmental forum’s summit, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno says he is looking forward to an extra boost to Bali’s tourism from the upcoming event.

Speaking to reporters in Nusa Dua on Tuesday, Sandiaga said that the G20 Summit would spark an increase in the number of international travelers to Bali, as well as to Indonesia as a whole.

“For Bali [we expect] 1.5 million [foreign visitors sparked by the G20 Summit]. As for the national-scale, [we target a total of] 3.6 million [international travelers] until the end of the year,” he said.

As of June 2022, 330,000 foreigners have come to Bali for leisure this year, Sandiaga said, adding that the number is a five-fold increase from 2021. The highly-anticipated G20 Summit – which will bookend Indonesia’s first-ever presidency of the forum – is expected to boost interest from global sun-seekers to come and see Bali in its glory.

Sandiaga said that in order to increase Bali’s tourist inflow, he has been in touch with international airlines to convince them to add more flights to the island.

Currently, 72 nationalities are eligible for visas on arrival (VOA), and the list is expected to be expanded periodically. The number of airlines flying to Bali internationally has also increased this year, with the latest among them being Batik Air and Virgin Air.

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