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Beyond Bali: East Java Seeking to Increase Foreign Tourist Arrivals

Bali News: Surabaya, East Java, Tourism, Majapahit Travel Fair, Cruise Ships, Bromo, Juanda International Airport, Tanjung Perak, Djarianto
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(5/13/2012) reports that East Java, the province located immediately to the west of Bali, had 224,000 foreign tourist visitors in 2011, a number that is projected to increase to 246,000 in 2012.

Visitors to Surabaya and the surrounding areas are dominated by five Asian countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Japan.

Growing direct air accessibility from overseas points to Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport supports optimism that foreign tourism arrivals will grow. Major tourism attractions within easy reach of Surabaya include Mount Bromo volcano and the island of Madura.

The head of the tourism and culture service for East Java, Djarianto is optimistic that higher arrival targets are achievable. “This year we are targeting a 10% increase over 2011 to 244,000 foreign visitors. There are good signs this will happen with 4 cruise ship already having visited Tanjung Perak, each carrying approximately 500 passengers.

In an effort to increase Asian tourist visitors to East Java, the 13th Majapahit Travel Fair was held May 10-13, 2012 in Surabaya with 60 travel operators from 11 countries attending.

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