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Foreign arrivals plunge 60 percent in first half of 2020

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Tourists visit Melasti Beach in Badung regency, Bali on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.(Antara/Fikri Yusuf)

The number of foreign tourists arriving on Indonesia’s shores plummeted 59.96 percent to 3.09 million in the first half of the year as the COVID-19 pandemic brought tourism to its knees, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported Monday.

In June, foreign visitor numbers were down 88.82 percent year-on-year (yoy) to around 160,300. The month-to-month figures also fell 2.06 percent, marking a return to a downward trend after a brief uptick in May that suggested a sign of recovery.

“The recovery may take quite a long time,” Suhariyanto, the head of BPS, said in a virtual presser on Monday.

Despite having yet to bring the coronavirus under control, Indonesia is seeking to speed up the recovery of tourism by reopening Bali, a world-renowned tourist destination. Domestic travelers could visit Bali from July 31 and international visitors w...