Indonesia tourist arrivals on the rise
Indonesia recorded a 1.35% increase in the number of foreign tourist arrivals between January and April of this year, state news agency Antara has reported.
According to data from the country’s Tourism and Culture Ministry, 1.89 million foreign tourists visited the country during the first four months of the year, up by 28,570 from the same period last year.
“The global financial crisis does not affect the tourism industry in the country,” the ministry’s Director General of Marketing, Sapta Nirwandar, told Antara.
He added that the positive trend had given the government renewed optimism it could meet the ‘Visit Indonesia Year 2009’ target of attracting 6.5 million tourists.
Nirwandar said that in order to meet its targets, the ministry had intensified sales though print and electronic media promotions, sales of budget tourism packages, family tourism packages and other promotional activities.
Domestic tourists also contribute significantly to the industry, Nirwandar was reported saying. The ministry recorded 117 million domestic tourists who made an average 1.92 trips last year, spending a total of INR123.1 trillion (US$12.2 billion).
Source: Travel Daily Asia News