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Jakarta Post

Foreign arrivals up 15.7 percent, but EU visitors wane on airline ban

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 3 2008   /  11:14 am

The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said Friday Indonesia saw a 15.7 percent jump in the number of foreign arrivals to 1.41 million in the first quarter of 2008 from 1.22 million in the same period last year. In March alone, the number of foreign arrivals hit 502,000, up by 13.30 percent from 443,100 in the same month last year. The statistics show Bali remained the county's most popular destination for foreigners, with 446,886 visitors arriving in Ngurah Rai Airport, a 28.38 percent increase from the 363,686 received in the same period last year. Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi, experienced the lowest number of foreign arrivals with 3,941, or contributing to only 0.28 percent of the country's total arrivals. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently launched the Visit Indonesia Year 2008 program, targeting seven million foreign arrivals and US$6...