Thursday, September 8, 2016

Indonesia Confident that 12 Million Foreign Tourists to Visit Before End of 2016

The Indonesian government remains confident that a target of 12 million foreign tourist visitors nationwide will be achieved by the end of 2016.

Hiramsyah Thaib who works in tourism development at the Ministry of Tourism, said in Nusa Dua, Bali on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, that a total of 5,291,583 foreign tourists came to Indonesia in the first six months of the year, exceeding a stated target of 5.1 million visitors.

Quoted by, Hiramsyah said, “At this time, the number of foreign tourists for the first half of 2016 has achieved 44% of the annual target of 12 million people.”

Looking back at 2015, Thaib said tourist arrivals were pleasing, achieving 10.4 million foreign visitors, a total that exceed the revised government target and generated US$12.3 billion in foreign exchange. Meanwhile, domestic tourist trips in 2015 totaled 259 million journeys.

Data supplied by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) shows US$858.67 million in new investments were secured during the first six-months of 2016. This was comprised of US$791.99 million if foreign investments and US$66.68 million in domestic projects.

When investment is compared to the same period in 2015, investments are up 69.78% in 2016. Foreign investments during semester one of 2016 increased 121.5% when compared to 2015.

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