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Indonesia gets more foreign tourists in October

The number of foreign tourists arriving in Indonesia in October increased by 18.5 percent year-on-year to 1.04 million, with visitors from China, Malaysia, and Australia dominating the inbound trips.

Data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) showed that the number of incoming Chinese tourists had increased by nearly 20 percent yoy to 121,880, while Malaysian and Australian tourists increased by 22.8 percent and 6 percent respectively.

BPS deputy head of distribution and statistics Sasmito Hadi Wibowo said the offer of free visas to citizens of 169 countries had helped boost tourist arrivals, especially over the past three months.

“Tourism events held by regional administrations, such as a sailing festival and a bicycle race, have also helped keep the number of foreign tourist arrivals stable at 1 million per month, despite it being the traditional low season,” Sasmito told reporters on Thursday.

From January to October, Indonesia welcomed 9.4 million foreign tourists, up by 9.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

Sasmito said he was optimistic that Indonesia would be able to meet its target of attracting a total of 12 million foreign tourists in 2016.

“We still have another holiday season in December,” he said. (hwa)

Source: Jakarta Post

Link: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/12/01/indonesia-gets-more-foreign-tourists-in-october.html