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Jakarta Post

Bandung becomes popular with foreign tourists

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 2 2012   /  09:47 am

The first six months of the year saw a significant rise in the number of tourists coming from Egypt while Bandung in West Java showed the highest growth, indicating the city was a hot destination not only for Jakartans but also for foreign tourists.

Tourism data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), released on Wednesday, showed that tourists from Egypt, though small in number, grew 45.5 percent to 2,200 compared to 1,500 in the same period last year. The numbers of travelers coming from Saudi Arabia and the Philippines also saw healthy growth of 21.2 percent and 15.7 percent respectively.

The main drivers of the overall tourist growth, however, were Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China and Japan. The number of foreign tourists who visited Indonesia in the first semester of 2012 reached 3.87 million or a 7.75 percent increase compared to the same period last year, acco...