Saturday, July 25, 2009

Indonesia suffers slight tourists' cancellation after hotel blasts

Indonesia suffered only minor tourists visit cancellation following bomb blasts in two luxurious hotels in South Jakarta, the chairman the Association of Indonesia Tours and Travel said Friday.

"Until August 31, we have insignificant tourist arrival cancellation ranged 0-30 percent," Chairman Ben Sukma told reporters here.

He explained that cancellation to North Sumatra and West Sumatra province stood at 5-10 percent, consisting of tourists from Malaysia, Singapore, and Western Europe.

"Meanwhile, we saw large cancellation to Jakarta of 20-30 percent or 7,000 tourists from South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Europe. We haven't counted domestic tourists that were expected bigger than that," Ben said.

The provincial capital city Bandung of West Java saw no cancellation while Jogjakarta province suffered mild cancellation of 2-5 percent.

"We also suffer cancellation of a cruise from Japan to Bali province, consisting of 1,800 people," said Ben.

However, he said, tourists tended to postpone travel for 4-8 weeks.

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