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Jakarta Post

Indonesia fails to attract more Chinese visitors despite ambitious target

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 4, 2019   /  05:41 pm
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Tourists visit Rumah Gadang, a traditional Minangkabau house Payakumbuh, West Sumatra.(

The number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia has been on the decline in recent months despite the government’s ambition to attract 10 million tourists from the world’s second-largest economy. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Tuesday that the number of Chinese visiting Indonesia declined by 5.28 percent to 1.77 million during the first 10 months of the year from 1.87 million in the same period of 2018. BPS head Suhariyanto told reporters that the decline in the number of tourist arrivals from China might have been caused by its government’s efforts to boost its domestic tourism amid the slowing down of its economy. According to Reuters, with its cooling economy, mainland Chinese tourists are cutting back on trips and spending abroad with a weaker yuan, political turmoil in Hong Kong and global tensions dampening their enthusiasm to travel too far fro...