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Jakarta Post

Foreign tourists could reach 10 million in 2014, Mari says

  • Nurfika Osman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 26 2012   /  11:47 am

Although there is economic crisis in Europe, a key foreign tourist market of Indonesian that has showed no sign of a quick recovery, the government is upbeat that the number of foreign tourists will reach 10 million in 2014.

The figure shows a 25 percent increase from the target the government set for this year, well above the average annual growth of the past five years.

According to data provided by the National Statistics Agency (BPS), the number of foreign tourist arrivals grew by 8.5 percent annually during the past five years. The highest growth was recorded in 2008 when Indonesia saw a 13 percent rise in tourist arrivals to 6.23 million from 5.5 million in 2007. The slowest growth, however, occurred in the following year when Indonesia could only attract 6.32 million tourists, only a 1.4 percent increase from 2008.    

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