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Indonesia upbeat over its tourism target JAKARTA - Indonesia will most probably achieve its tourism target this year considering that it attracted 4.3 million foreign tourists during the January-July period. In the coming five months, Indonesia has to record the arrival of another 3.4 million foreign tourists in order to meet its target of 7.7 million in 2011.

"This is good news as the figure shows an increase," Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Head Rusman Heriawan said. He earlier announced that the BPS had recorded the arrivals of 4.34 million foreign tourists up to July 2011, an increase of 7.53 percent from 4.04 million in the same period a year earlier.

The BPS chief said it appeared there was a good chance Indonesia would be able to reach its foreign tourist arrival target for this year set by the government at 7.7 million. "We still have five more months to wait for the arrivals of 3.4 million other tourists. We hope we can reach it but we have to have an average number of visits of 600,000 (per month). We still have a chance to reach it," Rusman said.

Last month, the country`s chief statistician voiced pessimism saying that it would be hard for the country to achieve its target. Rusman voiced pessimism owing to the fact that the number of foreign tourist arrivals up to June 2011 was still small. It was recorded at 3.6 million, which was actually also up 6.42 percent from that in the same period a year earlier which was 3.38 million.

"The cumulative number of foreign tourist arrivals in the January - June 2011 period is recorded at 3,597,632 which is 6.42 percent higher than that in a corresponding period in 2010," Rusman Heriawan said last month. He said that with that figure it was still difficult for Indonesia to achieve its target this year which was set 7.7 million tourist arrivals.


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