Balipost.com reports that international and domestic tourist targets that form part of official mid-term development targets (RPJM 2016-2021) are now being revised due to the impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry’s Deputy for Marketing, Nia Niscaya, said the targets set before the pandemic’s onset are now unachievable. “We have adjusted the targets, particularly as they apply to international tourists because of closed borders,” Nia explained on 22 April 2021.
Nia said the RPJM target for international tourists had been reduced to 4 million from the original target of 19 million people. Similarly, the projected foreign exchange revenue from international tourism for the current year has been reduced from US$ 17.5 billion to only US$4.8 billion.
Meanwhile, domestic tourism trips have been reduced from an earlier target of 320 million annual journeys to just 180 million journeys.
What’s more, the lower domestic trip numbers were set before the recent government ban on “mudik” or lebaran homecoming travel, meaning the lower targets may be at even greater risk.