Hopes crisis will boost Indonesia tourism - Tourism Indonesia




Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hopes crisis will boost Indonesia tourism

Indonesia's tourism minister is hoping the global financial crisis will boost the tropical country's battered tourism industry as people need to "relieve the stress", a report said Tuesday.

"The crisis is stressing so many people out. They need to relax and relieve the stress," Jero Wacik was quoted as saying by The Jakarta Post daily.

"That's why I'm optimistic the number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia will increase."

Indonesia's tourism industry has been hit by the deadly bombings on the holiday island of Bali in 2002 and 2005, bird flu outbreaks and natural disasters such as the 2004 Asian tsunami.

Despite it all, Jakarta declared 2008 "Visit Indonesia Year" and set a target of seven million tourist arrivals by the end of the year in a bid to compete with nearby hotspots such as Thailand and Malaysia.

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