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Jakarta Post

Earthquakes may frighten away tourists

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 12 2018   /  03:02 am

A series of earthquakes that recently struck West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), including popular tourist islands Lombok and Sumbawa, could frighten foreign tourists away from visiting the country, the government has said.Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said one of the impacts of the natural disaster was that foreign tourist visits to the affected areas, as well as to Indonesia in general, could decrease.Arief said the ministry had calculated that the country might lose as many as 100,000 foreign tourist visits within the first month after the earthquakes.He explained that the number of visits by foreign tourists had begun to decline since Aug. 8, after the first series of earthquakes shook the province.The slump in foreign tourist visits could see the country miss out on 300,000 visits, depending on the length of the recovery period, which the minister hoped would take only three months.“When we ...