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Indonesia expects 7.6 mln foreign tourist arrivals in 2011

12-29-2011 14:45 BJT

JAKARTA, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- The number of foreign holidaymakers coming into Indonesia is forecast to rise to 7.6 million people this year from last year's 7 million people, Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Sapta Nirwandar said here on Thursday.

The 7.6 million expectation was still higher than the moderate target of 7.5 million foreign tourists but a slightly lower than the optimism target of 7.7 million foreign visitors, the deputy minister said. "The figure of 7.6 million is a good achievement, because to achieve it, we had to face many challenges," he said at the ministry office.

The ministry has set a pessimism target of 7.2 million foreign tourist arrival this year, said Nirwandar.

He said that many external factors had affected the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia.

Nevertheless, the deputy minister said that there was still an opportunity the forecast could change.

"The figure of 7.6 million is just a prediction. At the end of this year, we will have many programs in border areas that could raise the number of foreign tourist arrivals," he said.

The government expects 8.4 billion U.S. dollars from tourists' spending this year, up from 7.6 billion U.S. dollar last year.

The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in Oct. increased by 10.32 percent to 655,000 people, the Statistic Bureau said on Dec. 1.

In Bali, the center of country's tourism industry, foreign holidaymakers visiting the tourist resort rose by 6.43 percent to 244,400 people year on year, it said.

For next year, Indonesia targets 8 million foreign holidaymakers coming into the country, Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu has said.

The minister said that the government was looking to attract visitors from countries that have emerged relatively unscathed from the credit crisis including China, India and Australia.

The Indonesian tourism industry has recovered from the impact of terrorism, and epidemics.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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