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Indonesia Target 20 Million Foreign Tourists in 2019

Natural Disasters Dented National Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2019. Indonesia Targets 20 million Tourists Nationwide in 2019

The Jakarta Post reports that ambitious plans for attracting 17 million tourists to Bali in 2018 fell far short of that target, producing only 15.81 million foreign visitors during the entire calendar year.

Despite this shortfall, year-on-year foreign tourist arrivals to Bali grew by 12.58 percent when compared to 2017.

The head of the National Statistics Agency (BPS), Suharyanto said: “We saw a significant increase in December, particularly during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday, when the number of visitors jumped to 1.41 million, or up by 21.43 percent month-to-month.”

Determined to grow the role of tourism in the National economy, officials have set a target of 20 million foreign tourists to Indonesia in 2019 – an increase of 26.51% over 2018.

The BPS official said Indonesian tourism suffered in 2019 due to a series of natural disasters including the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali; devastating earthquakes in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara; and tsunamis in Central Sulawesi and West Java.

Suharyanto said: “Those disasters sparked questions among foreign tourists about whether it’s safe to travel to Indonesia.”

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