Monday, August 3, 2009

Indonesia's June tourist arrivals up 4.1 pct y/y

Indonesia's foreign tourist arrivals rose just 4.1 percent in June from a year ago, data showed on Monday, as a global economic slowdown curbed foreign travel.
Tourism accounts for about 3 percent of gross domestic product in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, but some areas, including the resort island of Bali, are heavily dependent on tourism for jobs and growth.

In June, 550,582 foreign tourists visited Indonesia, up from 529,100 a year ago, while in the first half the number rose 2.2 percent to 2.97 million people.

"Although the global crisis has affected foreign arrivals to Indonesia, the impact hasn't been significant," said Carla Parengkuan, executive director of the Indonesian Hotels Association, adding that the impact might be felt within the next three to six months.

Indonesia hopes to attract 7 million tourists this year, up from 6.32 million in 2008, although this target was seen as over-optimistic by some in the industry even before the bomb attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta last month.

The association and the statistics bureau did not provide data about trip cancellations.

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