Monday, March 3, 2008

Indonesia's tourist arrivals up 13.2 percent in January

The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in January rose 13.2 percent to 437,617 from a year earlier, a report by the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Monday.

It said arrivals via Indonesia's 11 main entry points rose 14.4 percent to 360,179 led by Ngurah Rai, the international airport of resort island Bali.

It said 147,319 tourists arrived via Ngurah Rai in January against 115,557 a year earlier.

The report said visitor arrivals are expected to increase in the coming months as the government steps up efforts to promote 2008 as "Visit Indonesia Year".

Last year, 5.51 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia, up from 4.87 million in 2006.

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