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Jakarta Post

Beyond ‘10 new Balis’: New tourism strategy involves nature conservation

  • Wahdi Azmi

Banda Aceh, Aceh   /   Mon, November 18 2019   /  01:45 am

Antara/Syifa YulinnasThe growth of Indonesia’s tourist industry is the ninth-fastest in the world and the third-fastest in Asia. Indonesia’s tourist industry is also the fastest-growing in ASEAN, representing 5.25 percent of gross domestic product and responsible for 12.7 million jobs. Foreign tourist arrivals reached an estimated 15.8 million last year, 12.6 percent higher than the 2017 mark. As of August 2019, a total of 10.87 million foreigners have visited Indonesia, up 2.67 percent year-on-year.With enormous cultural and natural diversity and hundreds of destinations across the sprawling archipelago from
Aceh to Papua, tourism is expected to play a key role in addressing the multidimensional developmental challenges facing the country. The statistics above, therefore, do not represent the whole potential of the Indonesian tourist industry, as 90 percent of visitors were spli...