The Jakarta Post
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Thursday that foreign tourist arrivals to the country was recorded at 14.04 million in 2017, or 21.88 percent higher than the figure in the previous year, which was at 11.52 million.
The government targeted to get 15 million last year.
The government blames the Mount Agung eruption in Bali late November for the failure to meet the target, as two airports in Bali and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) had to be closed for several days due to ash.
BPS head Suhariyanto said 11.79 million tourists arrived through 19 major Indonesian gates across the country, while 2.25 million arrived at other gates.
In the shadow of Mt. Agung's eruption, the number of tourist arrivals in December 2017 was still recorded at 1.15 million, posing only 3.03 percent growth compared to the 1.11 million tourist arrivals in the same month in 2016.
The BPS recorded a 5.77 percent decrease in tourist arrivals in December compared to the same month in 2016.
The decrease occurred in eight gates, including in Sempingan Airport in East Kalimantan (50.26 percent), Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali (29.83 percent), Lombok International Airport (25.72 percent) in NTB and Kualanamu Airport in North Sumatra (3.43 percent).
The BPS also recorded an increase in tourist arrivals in several main gates, including at Sam Ratulangi International Airport in North Sulawesi (124.79 percent) and at Juanda International Airport in East Java (4.70 percent). (bbn)