A total of 6.27 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia from January to October this year, an increase of 8.27 percent compared with the same period last year, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reported on Thursday.
The figure, however, represents only 81 percent of the targeted number of foreign tourist visits in the country as of year-end, which is 7.7 million people, meaning it might be difficult to meet the target, BPS deputy head for distribution and service statistics Djamal said during a press conference in Jakarta.
“There are only two months left. We'll see if we can reach the target,” he said, as quoted by kontan.co.id.
BPS reported that 656,000 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in October alone, up 10.32 percent from the same month last year.
Bali remains the top tourist destination, with 244,421 of the October visitors entering the country through Bali's main gateway, Ngurah Rai International Airport.
BPS added, however, that the figure was lower by 6.43 percent compared with that in September, although it was in contrast with the star-rate hotel occupancy rate, which rose slightly to 54.87 percent with tourists spending an average of 2.01 days at hotel.
“This increase was recorded in almost all tourist destination provinces. The biggest increase was recorded in North Sulawesi,” Djamal said.