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Jakarta attempts to reverse all-time low foreign tourist numbers

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 11, 2020   /  01:21 pm
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Where to go: Signage at Kota Tua in West Jakarta shows Jl. Lada in Pinangsia, which serves as the way out of the historic Fatahillah Square to Jakarta Kota Station. Jakarta recorded an all-timelow number of foreign visits in the fourth quarter of 2019. (The Jakarta Post/Dames Alexander Sinaga )

The Jakarta administration seeks to rebuild the capital city’s reputation for safety to revitalize its tourism amid a downturn of foreign tourists visiting in the past few months. According to the Jakarta office of Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the number of foreign tourists visiting Jakarta in 2019 has been on a decline since August and that continued until November. Data from December is not yet available. In 2019, the city welcomed the highest number of foreign visitors in July with a total of 268,258 and that number declined to 184,521 in November. Although a downward trend from midyear onward can also be seen in previous years, as visitors usually peaked in July or August, month-to-month comparisons from 2016 to 2019 show that foreign visits from August to November hit an all-time low last year. The acting head of the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Cucu...