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Tourism is 4.8% of Indonesia’s Gross Domestic Product

Foreign Tourist Visitors to Indonesia Spent US$1,230 Per Visit in 2018

Detik.com reports that the Ministry of Tourism recorded US$19.29 billion of foreign exchange was earned by Indonesian tourism in 2018, a figure falling just short of the US$20 billion target set by President Joko Widodo.

The calculation of foreign exchange earnings is extrapolated from Central Statistics Bureau (BPS) data who calculate that 15.8 million foreign tourists came to Indonesia in 2018 and spent US$1,230 per person per visit stated as the average spend per arrival (ASPA).

The estimated US$1,220 spend per visit was calculated across 19 main entry ports welcoming 13.3 million foreign tourists and an additional 2.71 million foreign tourist via other gateways, including cross-border entries.

The total foreign exchange earnings were revealed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in his annual presidential address on Friday, August 16, 2019, delivered at the National House of Representatives (DPR) in Senayan, Jakarta.

Meanwhile, Bank Indonesia has yet to calculate foreign exchange for secondary gateways, focusing initially on the Country’s 19 main gateways that resulted in an average spend of US$1,440 per visit. This does not include the average spend from a remaining 2.7 million foreign tourists entering via secondary gateways who spend an estimated US$150 per visit. Once the secondary gateways are added to the mix, the ASPA may become US$1,220.

Tourism’s contribution to the gross domestic product in 2018 totaled 4.5%, expected to grow to 4.8% in 2019.

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