The Jakarta Post
A free-entry program has helped boost tourism in the capital, which welcomed the arrival of 150,483 tourists who visited museums and other tourist destinations during Jakarta’s 492nd anniversary.
The head of information and development at the Jakarta Tourism and Culture Agency, Alberto Ali, said tourists visited six museums and eight destinations that were included in the free-entry program from June 22 to 23.
“The total consisted of 149,652 domestic visitors and 831 foreigners,” Alberto said on Sunday as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
He also mentioned that the number of tourists who visited the spots differed from one place to another.
The National Museum attracted the most visitors with 100,341 local and international tourists. Meanwhile, the National Monument (Monas) saw 17,915 tourists.
Ali said his agency did not set a particular target regarding the free-entry policy during the capital’s anniversary.
He just hoped for the public to use the occasion to learn more about the city’s museums and landmarks.
Jakarta Tourism and Culture Agency head Eddy Junaedi said the policy was intended to spread happiness and add to the festivities of the city’s birthday.
“We want the people of Jakarta to have fun during the city anniversary and also have the opportunity to learn about the history of Jakarta through its museums,” Eddy said. (bry)