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Jakarta Post

Tourist figures improve despite eruption

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 3 2018   /  01:30 am

Despite Mount Agung’s eruption in Bali, the country’s most popular tourist destination, Indonesia welcomed a higher number of tourists in the January-November period of 2017 than the same period in the previous year, sparking new hope for a rebound in tourist visits.

The number of foreign tourist visits in the first nine months of 2017 surged 21.84 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 12.68 million from the previous year, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Tuesday.

This was despite a monthly drop of 5.86 percent last November from the corresponding month in 2016 because of the warnings over an eruption and the closure of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar for nearly three days at the end of the month.

“The increase was attributed to the accumulation of visits [from previous months]. There was a significant surge [in the number of inb...