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Jakarta Post

RI aiming to become international shopping destination

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 11 2010   /  10:50 am

With the expansion of the VAT refund program for foreign tourists, the government hopes visiting Indonesia will be more enjoyable.

The program, providing exemption to the 10 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) added to most products in certain stores, was among efforts to provide better services to foreign tourists, Taxation Directorate General spokesman Iqbal Alamsyah told The Jakarta Post recently,

According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia reached 586.500 in August, a 3.48 percent increase from the 566,800 people in the same month last year.

In the January-August period, foreign tourist numbers reached 4.63 million, a 12.12 percent increase from the 4.13 million recorded in the same period last year.

Iqbal said it was time for the Indonesian government to further expand the refund program, a practice whic...