In order to boost the number of tourists visiting Surabaya, the Surabaya administration and the Surabaya Tourism Promotion Board will launch the Surabaya Tourism Mobile Service (STMS) program, which provides information for tourists via cellular phones.
According to Yusak, the number of tourists visiting Surabaya has been increasing every year. In 2007, 136.000 foreign tourists and 3 million domestic tourists came to the capital city of East Java. In 2008, there were 118.000 foreign tourists.
Surabaya Deputy Mayor Arif Affandi said the STMS program is a form of information technology that strives to provide accurate and practical tourist information services to the public through their cellular phones. "This is a breakthrough," Arif said.