The number of foreigners vacationing in Indonesia rose 20 percent over last year's figures for the month of January, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Thursday, with visits to Manado and Tanjung Pinang leading the push.
Overall, foreign tourist arrivals rose to 652,692 in January, up from 548,821 visitors recorded during the same month last year. But this year's numbers are still a 9.92 percent decline from visits during the month of December, which is at the tail-end of the country's peak tourist season, BPS head Suryamin said during a press conference in Jakarta.
Sam Ratulangi Airport, in Manado, recorded the largest increase, with a 74 percent bump in foreign traffic. Tanjung Pinang, which is near Singapore, and Entikong, which borders Malaysia, reported the second and third largest surges in traffic, Suryamin said.
Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport, meanwhile, saw a 20 percent increase in the figure.