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Jakarta Post

Tourism recovery nowhere in sight

  • Riza Roidila Mufti and Adrian Wail Akhlas


Jakarta   /   Sat, July 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Tourists visit Melasti Beach in Badung regency, Bali on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.(Antara/Fikri Yusuf)

Indonesia recorded a slight monthly increase in foreign tourist visits in May after a sharp drop in the previous months but experts and officials warn that tourism is still far from experiencing a recovery as the COVID-19 outbreak shows little sign of abating. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Wednesday that Indonesia had recorded 163,646 foreign tourist arrivals in May, a 3.1 percent increase from 158,718 in April. May's arrivals were dominated by visitors from Timor Leste and Malaysia.  Read also: ‘New normal’ requires tourism players to shift focus Despite the slight monthly increase, May’s figures were still down 86.9 percent from the 1.24 million visitors welcomed in the same period last year. From January to May, Indonesia recorded just 2.9 million foreign tourist visits, a 53.56 percent drop from the same period last year. “Decr...