Foreign tourists to Indonesia up 30 percent

Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik predicted that the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia in the next couple of months will increase by 30 percent compared to last year`s rate of increase.

He therefore expressed optimism that projected seven million foreign tourists could be reached, he said after dedicating a huge billboard on Visit Indonesia Year 2008 at the Ngurah Rai airport in Bali on Sunday.

He also said, however, the increase in the number of foreign tourists coming to Indonesia in January and February 2008 reached a rate of only 13-15 percent, but in June, July and August the increase may reach more than 30 percent.

Thus, the average increase in the number of foreign tourists in 2008 reached 27 percent, which would be an increase from five million in 2007 to seven million as projected, he said.

In Bali, in the January-March 2008 period, the increase in the number of tourists to the island resort reached 25-27 percent compared to 2007.

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