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Jakarta Post

Indonesia sees 6% fewer foreign tourists in July this year

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 4 2012   /  06:30 am

The number of foreign tourists on a year-on-year basis decreased by 5.94 percent, from 745,451 in July last year to 701,200 this year, according to Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data released on Monday.

The BPS data showed that the number of Saudi Arabian tourists dropped by 63.03 percent — the highest among other countries surveyed by the agency — from 12,414 tourists in July last year to 4,586 this year. Indonesia’s strongest traveler sources in Southeast Asia — Singapore and Malaysia — showed a double-digit decline on a yearly basis, at 17.71 percent and 14.07 percent.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said the decline in tourism throughout July was influenced by Ramadhan, where Muslims preferred to stay in their home countries to welcome the month. “Muslims were fasting and therefore limited their travels. I am sure the figure will i...