Indonesia hopeful to achieve 2013 foreign arrival target

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Indonesia-Volcano-touristsThe Indonesian government is optimistic about achieving its target of 8.6 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2013, and places yet another target for 2014 at 9.2 million. The 2013 arrival numbers will be achieved due to an annual growth in foreign tourist visits noted over the years, stated Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu.

“Every year, the growth of international tourist arrivals reaches about seven to eight per cent. So, we are optimistic that this years target will also be achieved,” the minister remarked during a year-end press conference in Jakarta on December 24.

Pangestu noted that based on her ministry’s estimate, the number of foreign tourist arrivals in 2013 will reach about 8,637,275, a growth of 7.37 per cent from 2012, when 8.04 million tourists arrived.

During a visit, each foreign tourists spent $1,142 in 2013, resulting in total receipts of $9.78 billion, or an increase of 8.17 per cent from 2012.

The government had set the lowest target of foreign tourist arrivals in 2013 at 8.3 million, moderate target at 8.6 million and highest target at 8.9 million.

In terms of domestic tourist trips during 2013, the number is estimated at 248 million, with an average spending on each trip of $58, the minister said.

Data from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy showed that the tourism sector in 2013 absorbed 10.18 million workers, up from 9.41 million in 2012.

However, Indonesia still lags far behind the top tourism destinations in ASEAN, with Malaysia’s target for 2013 being 26.8 million, Thailand’s 25 million and Singapore’s between 14.8 million.

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The Indonesian government is optimistic about achieving its target of 8.6 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2013, and places yet another target for 2014 at 9.2 million. The 2013 arrival numbers will be achieved due to an annual growth in foreign tourist visits noted over the years, stated Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu.

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Indonesia-Volcano-touristsThe Indonesian government is optimistic about achieving its target of 8.6 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2013, and places yet another target for 2014 at 9.2 million. The 2013 arrival numbers will be achieved due to an annual growth in foreign tourist visits noted over the years, stated Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu.

“Every year, the growth of international tourist arrivals reaches about seven to eight per cent. So, we are optimistic that this years target will also be achieved,” the minister remarked during a year-end press conference in Jakarta on December 24.

Pangestu noted that based on her ministry’s estimate, the number of foreign tourist arrivals in 2013 will reach about 8,637,275, a growth of 7.37 per cent from 2012, when 8.04 million tourists arrived.

During a visit, each foreign tourists spent $1,142 in 2013, resulting in total receipts of $9.78 billion, or an increase of 8.17 per cent from 2012.

The government had set the lowest target of foreign tourist arrivals in 2013 at 8.3 million, moderate target at 8.6 million and highest target at 8.9 million.

In terms of domestic tourist trips during 2013, the number is estimated at 248 million, with an average spending on each trip of $58, the minister said.

Data from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy showed that the tourism sector in 2013 absorbed 10.18 million workers, up from 9.41 million in 2012.

However, Indonesia still lags far behind the top tourism destinations in ASEAN, with Malaysia’s target for 2013 being 26.8 million, Thailand’s 25 million and Singapore’s between 14.8 million.

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