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UNWTO Predicts Indonesian Tourism will be Stabile

UN Official Says Indonesian Tourism Will Buck Worldwide Downward Trend.

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As reported by, the United Nation's World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is predicting world travel to decrease between 0 and 2% as the result of the current global financial crisis. Total tourism visits world-wide in 2008 were estimated at 920 million.

Speaking at an UNWTO conference in Nusa Dua on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Taleb Rifai, said that generally all world tourism destinations will experience downturns in arrival numbers during the current crisis. However, Taleb Rifai said he felt Indonesia will experience some growth in its tourism industry, despite the financial crisis.

Taleb Rifai said: "Indonesia will go through this better. I can confirm this is realistic. While the entire world will see a fall in its tourism visitors, but not so with Indonesia."


Based on data from the International Labor Organization (ILO), some 14 million people have lost their jobs since the start of the economic crisis in late 2008. The ILO estimates that 38 million workers will lose their jobs before the end of the financial crisis estimated to occur in 2010.

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