Indonesia confident to achieve 8.6 million international tourist target in 2013

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 | 571

With a positive rise of 8.36% in international tourist arrivals to Indonesia in the first 10 months until October year on year, the government is confident that the 2013 target of 8.6 million international tourist arrivals will be achieved, said Mari Pangestu, Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy.

The tourism sector is also estimated to have generated US$ 6.7 billion in receipts, indicating tourism's resilience in the face of global economic upheavals. During the same period the Creative Economy sector grew by 5.76%, which is slightly higher than the national economic growth of the country. Together, the Tourism and Creative Economy sectors have proven to have contributed positively towards the growth of Indonesia's Economy, said Minister Mari Pangesttu at a recent press conference.

With positive tourism growth, we are confident to reach the target of 9.1 million international tourists in 2014, continued Minister Mari. In order to reach this target, Indonesia continues to pull potential markets, including China, for example, by increasing connectivity, creating a dedicated Mandarin website and working in cooperation with the Chinese government. Facilities like Immigration, Customs, airports and air links both internationally and within the country are constantly being improved, while regional events and special interest activities like cruising, yachting, sports, and many others will continue to be supported.

Statistics showed that during January through October 2013, Indonesia received a total of 7,134,052 foreign visitors, up 8.36% from the 6,583,629 the previous year. Top market sources are Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China and Japan.

Chinese visitors grew by 21.43% to 633,921 arrivals, one of the highest and fastest increases. Indonesia hopes to receive 1 million tourists from China before 2015.

Top entry points to Indonesia are Bali, increasing 10.5% to 2.65 million visitors during the 10 months of 2013, followed by Jakarta, which also improved by 9.49 % to 1.82 million visitors, and Batam, up 8% to 1.05 million. The city of Bandung as entry point experienced the highest rise in arrivals by 17.8% although from a much smaller base. Surabaya also saw a significant rise of 12.5% in tourist arrivals.