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Indonesia tourism, trade prone to Wuhan coronavirus impact

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 28, 2020   /  08:09 am
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Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto (center) along with Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio (right) talked to the press after the launching of Wellness and Jamu Tourism.(The Jakarta Post/Riza Roidila Mufti)

Indonesia’s tourism and trade industry are vulnerable to the adverse effects of a coronavirus outbreak in China, at a time when the government is working to push the economy through tourism and boost falling exports. As the Chinese government implements lockdowns in most of the country’s provinces to contain the new virus, countries that rely on Chinese tourists — including Indonesia — may see a drop in foreign arrivals from the East Asian country, economists and government officials have said. “This will affect the number of [foreign] visitors but not overall arrivals,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama said in Jakarta on Monday. He said the outbreak had yet to adversely affect tourist arrivals as this month’s visits were higher than those of last year’s but did not disclose precise numbers. “We have other ...