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Jakarta Post

Tourist arrivals may exceed govt target

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 8 2011   /  08:00 am

Foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia may reach 7.8 million this year, slightly exceeding the government’s target of 7.7 million, a tourism industry group estimated.

Rudiana, vice chairman of the Jakarta branch of the Association of the Indonesia Tour and Travel Agencies (Asita), said in Jakarta on Monday that beside holding international events, improvement of the country’s security conditions had also contributed to the higher than expected number of tourist arrivals.

“Unfavorable security conditions in other countries will also push up the number of inbound tourists, as they may shift their destinations to Indonesia,” he told The Jakarta Post.

Rudiana said that visits are expected to peak in June, July, August and December because of school holidays and the change of seasons in many foreign countries.

“Foreign tourist arrivals may top four to fi...