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Jakarta Post

Mount Rinjani, Gili Islands help NTB reach tourism goals

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara   /   Tue, December 13, 2016   /  03:06 pm
Mount Rinjani, Gili Islands help NTB reach tourism goals Exotic destination: The picturesque white sand beach of Gili Meno. Gili Meno beach in Gili Meno Island in North Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, has been named the country's best beach, based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period. (TripAdvisor/-)

The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provincial administration is optimistic about growth in the number of incoming tourists, as it is hoping to have 4 million tourists visits by 2018.

"We are optimistic to meet our goal for 3 million tourists by year-end. Thus, we are upbeat to hit 3.5 million visits in 2017 and 4 million in 2018," NTB Culture and Tourism Agency head Mohammad Faozal said on Tuesday, attributing the success to the government's coordinated efforts to improve local infrastructure.

Official data shows that, as of earlier this month, 2.93 million people visited various tourist attractions in NTB, including Mount Rinjani and Gili Islands. 

"The number of domestic and foreign tourists are equal," Faozal said, adding that the room occupancy rate for local hotels currently stood at an average of 75 percent.

Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, is hoping to see the arrival of 20 million foreign tourists in 2019. (hwa)


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