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Foreign Tourist Visits Reach 1 Million in January

TEMPO.COJakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded 1.03 million foreign tourist visits in January 2017, increasing by 26.48 percent when compared to the same period in 2016.

“The number of foreign tourist visits increased from 814,300 to 1.03 million,” BPS head Suhariyanto said during a press conference at his office in Jakarta on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Compared to December 2016, Suhariyanto explained, the figure dropped by 7.24 percent due to the end of the holiday season.

Suhariyanto revealed that the number of foreign tourists entering Indonesia through 19 main entry gates reached 930,930, while 99,800 tourists entered the country through other gates. Samratulangi Airport in North Sulawesi booked the highest increase in the number of arrivals at 1,127.8 percent. Meanwhile, Tanjung balai Karimun Port in Riau recorded the lowest increase in the number of arrivals at 16.51 percent.

As many as four entry gates recorded declines in foreign tourist arrivals. Adi Sumarno Airport in Central Java booked the highest drop at 84.09 percent, while the lowest drop in foreign tourist arrivals at 22.94 percent.

Suhariyanto revealed that China contributed the highest number of foreign tourist visits in January 2017 at 200,190, increasing by 114,770 when compared to the same period of last year. As many as 116,790 tourists from Singapore visited Indonesia in January 2017. The number was higher than that in January 2016 at 96,790.

Below Singapore, Australia and Malaysia contributed 100,860 and 97,370 tourist visits, respectively. The figures went up by 94,090 and 83,370, respectively, when compared to those in January 2016.

Suhariyanto revealed that the number of tourists visiting Indonesia from India increased to 38,670 in January 2017 from 25,590 last year.

“This is thanks to special promotions for the Indian market,” Suharianto explained.

The average hotel occupancy rate across the country in January 2017 was recorded at 50.92 percent, increasing by 1.59 points when compared to the same period of last year. Compared to December 2016, the figure was down by 5.58 percent.

Suhariyanto said that the average days spent by foreign and domestic tourists at hotels in January 2017 were 1.94 days, increasing by 11 points compared to January 2016.

VINDRY FLORENTIN