DENPASAR - Following several pronouncements expressing confidence that the target of 6 million foreign visitors to Indonesia would be achieved in 2007, Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism is now expressing some misgivings as to whether national tourism targets can be achieved.
Quoted in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, Wacik said: "It won't be easy...if (however) we had managed to secure 4 million foreign tourist by the end of July it would have been no problem. There must be an effort and hard work from all parties." The Minister explained that as of the end of July 2007 only 2.57 million foreign tourist have visited Indonesia, leaving a deficit of some 3.5 million tourist that must be achieved in the remaining 5 months of the year to stay on target.
Despite bird flu fears currently plaguing Bali tourism, Minister Wacik said the Government would maximize the benefits of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart September 25-28, 2007 and the U.N. Conference of Global Warming and Climate Change set for early December 2007 – both events slated to take place in Bali.