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Indonesia sees 6% fewer foreign tourists in July this year

Publication Date : 04-09-2012


The number of foreign tourists coming to Indonesia on a year-on-year basis decreased by 5.94 per cent, from 745,451 in July last year to 701,200 this year, according to Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data released on yesterday.

The BPS data showed that the number of Saudi Arabian tourists dropped by 63.03 per cent — the highest among other countries surveyed by the agency — from 12,414 tourists in July last year to 4,586 this year. Indonesia's strongest traveller sources in Southeast Asia — Singapore and Malaysia — showed a double-digit decline on a yearly basis, at 17.71 per cent and 14.07 per cent.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said the decline in tourism throughout July was influenced by Ramadan, where Muslims preferred to stay in their home countries to welcome the month. "Muslims were fasting and therefore limited their travels. I am sure the figure will increase again as the fasting month ends," Pangestu told reporters in Jakarta. "We are going to conduct more events and sales missions, especially in December, to attract more tourists."

However, the BPS data also showed a 22.95 per cent increase in tourists from the United Arab Emirates, the highest increase among other countries, even the number was small: from 950 in July 2011, to 1,168 in the same month this year.

In addition, throughout July, Indonesia saw growth in tourists from Russia and Germany, despite the European economic downturn. Tourists from Russia and Germany grew by 14.35 per cent and 13.30 per cent, respectively. "Even though European countries are experiencing [economic] slowdown, we are still going to promote our destinations in Europe because the [European] tourists always spend more time in Indonesia, up to 14 days," Pangestu said.

She said Indonesia is currently participating in the World Horticultural Floriade Exhibition in the Netherlands, attended by more than 2 million visitors, to attract more tourists.

The BPS data showed the number of foreign tourists from January to July of 2012 reached nearly 4.6 million, up by 5.4 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The main gateway for tourist arrivals in the country, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, recorded more than 1.6 million visitors in the first seven months of 2012, up by 4.29 per cent from 1.57 million in the same period last year. The highest January-July increase in arrivals was recorded at Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, West Java, which recorded 85,663 foreign arrivals, a rise of 23.77 per cent from 69,201 in the same period last year.

The data also showed that the aggregate star-hotel room occupancy rate in 20 provinces was 52.53 per cent on average in July, a 5.84 per cent decrease from the same month last year, and a 4.27 per cent decrease from June.

In the first seven months of 2012, Bali recorded the highest star-hotel room-occupancy rate of 62.28 per cent, followed by East Kalimantan and Jakarta at 62.01 per cent and 58.81 per cent, respectively. According to the data, five-star hotels recorded the highest occupancy rate in July at 57.65 per cent, followed by four-star and three-star hotels, at 54.16 per cent and 52.13 per cent.

Foreign tourists spent a shorter amount of time in the nation in July, staying for an average of 2.73 days, down from 2.84 days in the same month last year.


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