Indonesia set to greet 8 million visitors

Indonesia on track to greet 8 million visitors by the end of 2012
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Recent statistics reveal the number of overseas tourists travelling to Indonesia is booming and bringing the local government’s target of reaching eight million visitors this year closer.

According to data conducted by BPS, during the first quarter of 2012 visitor arrival numbers increased by 11 percent to 1,903,796, up from 1714,946 visitors for the same period last year, Jakarta Post reported.

In March this year the arrival figure increased to 658,602, up 10.12 percent from 598,068 year on year and compared to February, March’s figure saw a 11.6 percent increase from 592,502 tourists.

Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry spokesman I Gusti Ngurah Putra said the government was positive it would attract eight million tourists this year.

“January to March is considered low season in the tourism industry, yet we were able to record double-digit foreign tourist growth,” Mr Ngurah said.

“This is a positive sign that we can meet our target by the end of 2012.”

Mr Ngurah said that the positive growth has encouraged the government to manage the tourism and creative industry sector to help increase the welfare of Indonesian people.

“The Indonesian Tourism Board also helps us in promoting Indonesia to the world. We believe that we are on the right track to boost this particular sector.” The spokesperson said.

Additionally, the country’s main gateway, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, recorded an 11.35 percent quarter-on-quarter increase from 612,333 to 681,838 this year.

The Bali airport also reported a 10.08 percent increase in visitors for March 2012, up from 202,500 the previous year to 223,000.

The BPS data also indicated starred-hotel room occupancy rates in 20 provinces rose to 52.70 percent on average in March 2012, up by 0.75 points compared to rates in March last year.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
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