Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, is confident that national tourism will continue to grow in 2011.
Quoted by Bisnis Bali after attending a prayer ceremony at Pura Puncak Penulisan in Bangli and Pura Puseh Desa Adat Sebatu Teggalalang in Gianyar on October 23, 2010, Wacik revealed that he is targeting for 11-13% growth in tourism arrivals in 2011.
"I am optimistic that we can attract 7.5 million tourists next year," said Minister Wacik.
The Minister said he sub-divided foreign tourists coming to Indonesia into three broad categories. First there are the prime markets capable of generating mass tourism to Indonesia such as Singapore, South Korea, China, Taiwan and other nations in Southeast Asia. A secondary market is comprised of high-spending, long–staying tourists coming from Germany, the United States, France and Holland. Finally, there are smaller fast-developing markets with high-spending patterns such as Russia and the Arab nations.
Indonesia foreign tourist arrivals for all of 2010 are expected to reach 7.2 million, an increase of 12.9% over 2009.
Wacik said Bali needs an international airport in its north in order to more evenly distribute the benefits of tourism to all areas of the island. "We have coordinated the plan with the Minister of Transportation who has the authority in such matters. We hope the new airport can be constructed soon," said Wacik.
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