Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Foreign tourist arrival in Indonesia down in January

The number of foreign holidaymakers arriving in Indonesia in January decreased by 14.81 percent to 548,800, year on year, the National Statistic Bureau announced on Tuesday.

But, the number of foreign holidaymakers visiting Bali, the center of country's tourist industry, rose by 16.81 percent to 208,300, year on year, Head of the Bureau Rusman Heriawan told a press conference at the bureau office.

More than 7 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia last year, exceeding the initial target of 7 million people.

The government is targeting 7.7 million foreign tourists this year, and expecting them to spend 8.4 billion U.S. dollars from 7. 6 billion U.S. dollars in 2010.

Indonesian tourism industry has recovered from the impact of terrorism and epidemics.

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