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Half-Million Missing Tourists

Tourism Ministry Says Different Means of Counting Tourists Omitted 504,969 from Final Total Tourist Visitors to Indonesia in 2016


Bali News: Indonesian Tourism Arrivals, Gede Pitana BPS, MPD, Total Tourism Arrivals 2016
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(2/17/2017)

Kompas.com reports that the deputy in charge of market development at the Indonesian Tourism Ministry , I Gde Pitana , annpunced that 12, 023,971 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in 2016.

Pitana revealed the tourist arrival statistics provided by the Central Statistic Agency (BPS) using Mobile Positioning Data (MPD) technology that resulted in a higher count of visitors for the year.

“We continue to use the data from BPS, but be sure to view the official statistical report. Clearly it’s stated there (BPS), (but) does not include four percent. BPS reports 11.52 million visitors, but that doesn’t include the 4%. Actually it’s 4.2%, OK? There’s no disagreement between the BPS and the Ministry of Tourism,” said Pitana following a press conference at the National Statistics Agency on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

The BPS officially reported 11,519,275 foreign visitors to Indonesia for all of 2016. The 4.2% referred to By Pitana is equal to a further 504,696 foreign visitors. This (additional) data represents the purported enhanced accuracy provided by MPD technology.

Continuing, Pitana said: “This means that the BPS does not object to the (additional) 4%. But, because the regulations do not allow this to be done. BPS does not allow back casting or re-forcasting. I can’t foretell the future of BPS. There is nothing being manufactured here. Nothing is hidden or made up. BPS has recorded the 4% or additional 504,969 visitors."

Pitana said the new MPD method of counting tourists was formally introduced in October 2016 after approvals by the People’s Forum for Statistics (FMS).

Explaining further, Pitana said: “The BPS agreed to extrapolate their numbers for the period January –September 2016 of 504 thousand (4.2%) and this was presented the FMS on February 8, 2017. The FMS has not recommended that the 504,000 additional tourists be included in the 2016 foreign tourist count. But, the BPS and the FMS have encouraged the Ministry of Tourism to use the 12.023 million foreign tourist total for the sake of national tourism.”

As a result, Pitana says the 12 million target for foreign tourists was achieved in 2016 based on the counts of the BPS and MPD.


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