Indonesia pins hope for tourism growth on Asia

 Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangetu has said that Indonesia is pinning its hope for a 10 percent foreign tourist arrivals on Asia in 2013.

Speaking on the sidelines of a flower-tournament function in Pasadena, California, the United States, on Monday (Tuesday in Indonesia), the minister said that she was optimistic that foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia would increase in 2013.

"We are optimistic that foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia in 2013 would increase although the United States and Europe would still experience economic slow-down," the minister said.

She said that the tourism sector and arrivals of foreign tourists in 2012 increased by five percent even though the European Union and the United States were hit by debt crisis.

"The Indonesian tourism growth (in 2012) was still above global growth at about 3-4 percent," Mari said.

Therefore, Mari was optimistic that the tourism sector would grew next year because the global economy was predicted to grew better.

Moreover, the minister said, countries in the Asian region were not affected by serious impacts of the debt crisis in Europe.

"We are pinning our hope for tourism growth on the Asian region. During a crisis time, people would prefer to travel to nearer regions," she said. (Antara)

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