Saturday, July 4, 2009

Number of foreign tourist arrivals in Jakarta increases

The number of foreign tourist arrivals in Jakarta went up 22.32 percent in May 2009 from the previous month.

In May 2009, some 124,928 foreign tourists visited Jakarta through the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Halim Perdanakusuma air force base airport, and Tanjung Priok seaport, Agus Suherman, head of the Jakarta Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said here on Saturday.

The foreign tourists included 24,940 Malaysians, 10,950 Singaporeans, 10,004 Chinese, 5,047 Americans, and 5,031 Japanese.

The tourist arrivals from the five countries accounted for about 44.80 percent of the total arrivals in May 2009, he said.

"It reflects that the five countries play important role in Jakarta`s tourism," he said.
The Jakarta tourism office has set a target of receiving 1.6 million foreign tourists and 16 million domestic tourists in 2009.

Up to May 2009, a total of 555,605 foreign tourists visited the capital city.
Jakarta has intensified tourism promotion especially to attract tourists from Asia and the Middle East, he said.

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