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6.5M foreign tourists expected to visit Indonesia

A total of 6.5 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Indonesia this year, a Tourism and Culture Ministry official said.

“I am convinced that the figure could be achieved,” I Gde Pitana, director for overseas promotion of the ministry said here on Tuesday.

The number of foreign tourist arrivals up to September is 4.6 million. Thus, Indonesia still have to attract another 1.9 billion in the remaining three months to achieve the projected 6.5 million. Read the full story

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Foreign tourists to Indonesia increasing after Jakarta bombings

The Central Board of Statistics (BPS) said the number of foreign tourist arrivals in July 2009 reached 593.4 thousand people, an increase of 4.59 percent as compared with that in July 2008 which stood only at 567.4 thousand.

“The July 2009 figure is also higher than that a month earlier,” BPS chief Rusman Heriawan said here on Tuesday.

The BPS recorded that the number of foreign tourist arrivals in the January-July 2009 period stood at 3.56 million.

indonesia-tourismHeriawan said that the increase in the number of foreign tourists negated doubts that the number of foreign tourists would drop after the July 17 twin bombings of JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta.

“We hope that the number of foreign tourists who will arrive in the country the following months would further increase,” the BPS chief said.

He said that like in the previous years, July was a peak season for foreign tourists so that in July usually the number of arrivals was bigger than that in the previous months.

Heriawan said that foreign visitors entering the country through the 11 main gates in July reached 510.5 persons, or an increase of 8.22 percent compared with that in the previous month.

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Indonesia must still work hard to attract seven million tourists

travel indonesiaIndonesia which in January addressed an invitation to people around the world by proclaiming 2008 as “Visit-Indonesia Year” still has to work hard to achieve its target of attracting seven million foreign tourists this year.

On several occasions, Culture and Tourism Minister Jedro Wacik expressed his optimism that the target of seven million of foreign tourist arrivals would be achieved. Yet, on Monday, he spoke in a `pessimistic tone` when he said Indonesia hoped to be visited by about 6.3 to 6.4 million foreign tourists by the end of the year.

The minister mentioned the 6.3-64 million figures based on his estimate that until the second half of 2008, only 3.1 million foreign tourists had arrived in the country.

“I estimate that there were about 3.1 million foreign tourist arrivals in the first semester of 2008. Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) data showed an increase in foreign tourist arrivals by 14 percent per month. So, it is expected that foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia will reach 6.3-64 million at the end of the year,” the minister said here on Monday.

The figures mentioned by the minister is lower than the target of seven million. Read the full story

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