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Indonesia's tourist arrivals down JAKARTA - Tourist arrivals to Indonesia were down by a third in April from the previous month because of a regional slump in travel due to SARS fears, the country's statistics bureau said yesterday. The SARS virus has killed more than 771 people from more than 8300 infected worldwide. Most of the deaths have been in Asia, though Indonesia has reported only a handful of suspected cases and no fatalities.
Travel within the region has been badly hit. Tourist arrivals to Indonesia were down by one-third to 204,565 in April, the statistics bureau said. "This decrease was still directly affected by severe acute respiratory syndrome spreading in Singapore and other Asian countries," the bureau said in a statement.
Before the SARS outbreak, officials in Jakarta said the tourist industry was improving after being brought to its knees by the October 12 terrorist bombings on the resort island of Bali, which killed 202 people, mostly Western tourists. Arrivals to Bali fell to 58,900 in April, down 24 per cent from March, the bureau said. For the first four months of 2003, tourist arrivals totalled 1.06 million, a decrease of 20 per cent over the same period last year.
Tourism accounts for about 5 per cent of Indonesia's annual gross domestic product.



Posted in Tourism @ 04 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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