Monday, December 3, 2012

6.5 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia Jan - Oct 2012

The number of foreign visitors to Indonesia reached 6.5 million in the first 10 months of the year, an official said. 

The number was 5 percent higher year-on-year, Tourism and Creative Economic Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said here on Monday. 

The number recorded up to October this year would add to optimism that the target of 8 million visitors this year would be met, Mari said. 

The record also showed that the marketing strategy adopted in the past three months has been effective, she said. 

She said tourism marketing has been focused on year-end festival program in six countries - Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China, Japan and South Korea .

The result has been recorded with an increase in the number of visitors from those countries excepting South Korea, she said. 

The number of visitors from South Korea was negative in October, she added. 

The number of visitors from Singapore, Japan, China rose significantly by 10.2 percent, 15.48 percent and 45.98 percent respectively. 

Increase has also been recorded in the number of visitors from the United Arab Emirates, up 82.68 percent, Bahrain 59.09 percent, Saudi Arabia 50.98 percent, and Russia 44.41 percent. (Antara)

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