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Govt focuses on four strategies to attract foreign visitors

  • Made Anthony Iswara, Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 17 2019   /  02:50 am

Indonesia faces a tough year in tourism, as growth in foreign arrivals dropped to the lowest rate in years in the first four months of the year.The Tourism Ministry is pursuing four main strategies in a bid to increase the number of tourists coming to the country in the remainder of the year, namely promoting border tourism, making special offers, developing tourist hubs and establishing low-cost carrier terminals (LCCT).Tourism Minister Arif Yahya said the ministry had nine strategies in total, but for the time being it would apply these four main strategies to attract foreign tourists.For the border tourism strategy, he said, he would take advantage of the proximity — both geographic and emotional — of some neighboring countries. Such a strategy was applied by many countries in Europe and Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia.“We focus on border tourism to attract foreign tourists fro...