The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded 1.99 million tourist arrivals in January and February, an increase of 16.91 percent from the same period in 2016.
About 1.8 million tourists arrived at the 19 main Indonesian gateways (airports), while 193,000 others arrived through other ports of entry, said BPS head Suhariyanto, as reported by tempo.co in Jakarta on Monday.
“In February, the number of tourist arrivals reached 957,580. Although it is lower than the figure in January, it nonetheless increased by 7.3 percent compared with the figure in February, 2016,” Suhariyanto told the press conference.
The BPS recorded 888,310 arrivals in February, 2016.
In January and February, tourist arrivals at Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi, increased by 233.49 percent from the same period last year, the largest percentage increase, followed by arrivals at Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, West Java, (57.36 percent) and arrivals at Sutan Syarif Kasim II International Airport in Riau (39.80 percent).
The total number of arrivals in 2016, at 11.5 million, fell short of the 12 million target.
The government expects to welcome 15 million tourists in 2017, with 2.1 million tourists expected from China. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to attract 10 million tourists from China by 2019. (bbn)
SourceL Jakarta Post