Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Jakarta expects 1 million tourists

The Jakarta Association of Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA) has set a target this year to draw more than 1.22 million foreign visitors to the capital.

"We hope more tourists will come to the city compared to last year," said ASITA secretary, Hasiyanna "Yanna" Ashadi, on Tuesday.

She said the number of foreign tourist arrivals would depend on conditions in Jakarta, such as floods.

The figure has been quite stable in the past few years.

Last year Jakarta had 1.22 million foreign visitors and had the same number the year before. In 2005 there were 1.17 million visitors and in 2004 there were 1.07 million, according to the Jakarta Statistics Agency (BPS Jakarta).

Yanna said her association supported the city administration's tourism campaign and its target for tourist arrivals.

Earlier this week, BPS announced the number of foreigners visiting the capital had decreased.

In January 2008, there were 106,470 foreign tourists arrivals in the city, down from 110,799 in December 2007.

According to Yanna, the declining number of tourist arrivals in the past few months was not surprising because the early year is low season for tourism.

"January and February is usually the low season, while the peak season is usually in mid-year, which is also the holiday period," she said.

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