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Number of foreign tourists to Indonesia down 4.60 % JAKARTA - The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia between January and November 2006 dropped by 4.60 percent compared to that in the same period of the previous year, head of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Rusman Heriawan said. Foreign tourists visiting Indonesia through 13 gates between January and November, 2006, numbered 3,59 million or decreased by 4.60 percent compared to 3.76 million in 2005, Rusman said here Tuesday.

The 13 gates were Jakarta, Bali, Medan, North Sulawesi, East Java, West Kalimantan, Semarang (Central Java), West Sumatra, Mataram (West Nusa Tenggara), Makassar (South Sulawesi), Tanjung Priok (Jakarta) and Tanjung Pinang (Riau).

Rusman said the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia in November 2006 actually increased to 365,026 compared to 290.316 in October 2006. "Although the increase before the end of the year (2006) was signifcant, the cumulative number of foreign tourists to Indonesia in 2006 was lower than in 2005," Rusman said.

Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik in his year-end report on the performance of his ministry earlier admitted the drop in the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia. Meanwhile, the number of domestic tourists increased by 1.5 percent in 2006, he said, adding that the reason of the increase in the number of domestic tourists was because they knew Indonesia better than foreigners.

However, the minister was optimistic that the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia would reach between 5.3 million and 5.5 million people in 2007. "I am optimistic that the number of foreign tourists will increase if the situation in Indonesia remains safe and conducive," he said. In the meantime, the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia through Ngurah Rai airport in Bali increased before the end of 2006.

Data available at BPS showed the number of foreign tourists to Bali reached 118,778 in October and 119,280 people in December, 2006, or up by 0.42 percent. "Gradually, Bali`s income from tourism is recovering following the bombing incident on October 1, 2005," Rusman said.



Posted in Tourism @ 04 January 2007 03:16 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





kiwimave
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Well many reasons to give of course: natural disasters, fundamentalism and terrorist attacks, inability to effectively market this country overseas (even though Indonesia is probably the most beautiful and diverse country in this world, most people dont know anything about Indonesia exept tsunami and bom bali), counterproductive visa regulations...

But the good thing is that in Indonesia mass-tourism is almost unheard of, like in Thailand (or more recently, Malaysia).



andre
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For sale: Lonely planet Indonesia $ 5,-.

Also willing to trade for LP Thailand Emoticon: Bye bye



andre
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So... how would you market Indonesia? Special packages with Garuda? Create a "visa-free zone" on Bali? Organize a "let's rebuild the Prambanan"-event?

Ideas anyone?



Martinus
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We all know fundamentalism and also terrorist attacks isn't an Indonesian problem, but a world problem.
Government must make a lot of publicity for this lovely country, because fortunate Indonesia is bigger than alone Bali.
I think a visa isn't so a problem besides.



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I believe one of the major problems for the drop in tourism would the travel warnings, against going to Indonesia from most of the Western countries, like Australia ( where I live), America, Canada and U.K.
And the visa situation is ridiculous and is definitely a problem- it has been discussed many times on Lonely Planet Thorn Tree since the introduction of the shorter paid V.O.A
Up until about 3 yrs ago a traveller could get a free 60 days visa on arrival in Indonesia. Now you only get 30 days, and have to pay for it. Any longer stay means one has to organise a 60 day visa outside the country.
I met many travellers on m y last trip of 5.5 months who had arrived in Indonesia on the spur of the moment and had no idea about visas.
To say they were disappointed that they only had 30 days to see such a huge spread out country.
The Government most definitely needs to relook at the visa situation and maybe grant 60-90 day V.O.A.
Pamela.



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VISA ... I went twice in 2006 to indonesia, the first time 29 days , the second time 27 only,, i got a sad remark from "immigrasi" twice when leaving this beautiful country. The firs one he call his colleagues show the visa expiration and laugh soundly because it was only one day left. The second one was .. are you only travelling in indonesia ? .. I respond:"for sure not , but YOU are the only one requesting a visa" then he close my passport and not add anything else. I will travel again to indonesia at least twice a year... maybe more .. 90 day would be a great thing.
Emoticon: Bye bye



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What did you do to get remarks like that? I'm in and out the country every once in a while and just last week I even got a friendly smile (because the guy who gave me the exit stamp also gave me the entry stamp again the next day.)



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