Indonesia's Central Bureau of Statistics announced that tourist arrivals to Indonesia in September increased by a significant 12.7%, due to the large number of international events and conventions held in the country, including the Miss World pageant, meetings of APEC in Bali , Sail Komodo and more.
Major markets remained consistent, topped by Singapore (15.11% share), followed by Malaysia (13.86%), Australia (11.42%), China (9.85%) and Japan (5.78% share).
While total tourist arrivals to the country during January – September 2013 increased by 8.8% year on year to a total of 6.41 million visitors, which compares to 5.9 million the previous year.
This means that by September, Indonesia has attained 75% of total target for 2013, being 8.6 million international visitors to the country in 2013.
Largest climb in the number of tourists were experienced at the Lombok International Airport, increasing a hefty 109.5%; arrivals to the Adi Sucipto airport in Yogyakarta increased 47.42%, and to Makassar in South Sulawesi up 33.61%.
But top direct arrivals to Indonesia were still to the island of Bali, achieving 2.38 million, followed by Jakarta at 1.66 million during the 9 months period in 2013.
Meanwhile, domestic airlines passengers during the first 9 months of the year reached 41 million, a growth of 1.92% compared to 2012, which reached 40.22 million. This growth is, nonetheless, slower than last year when domestic passengers grew by 5.16%, noted the Statistics Bureau.
Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta international airport handled 14.83 million passengers, followed by Surabaya's Juanda Airport at 5.35 million, Bali's Ngurah Rai handled 3.1 million and the Suiltan Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar handled 2.46 passengers during Janary- September.
(Source: Bisnis Indonesia)
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