Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik said Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) had predicted that about 7.5 million foreign tourists would visit Indonesia in 2007.
"PATA has predicted that Indonesia will be visited by 7.5 million foreign tourists in 2007," the minister said in his written address to a tourism meeting here over the weekend.
The PATA prediction is higher than the government`s target of six million arrivals during the year.
With regard to the target, the minister said that his ministry had predicted four scenarios, namely pessimistic scenario with 5,21 million foreign tourist arrivals, moderate scenario with 5.61 million, optimistic with 6.16 million and accelerated one with 7.016 million arrivals.
The minister said Indonesia also expected to earn US$3.76 billion in foreign exchange if it achieved its pessimistic scenario, US$4.71 billion (moderate one), US$5.46 billion (optimistic) and US$5.82 billion (accelerated scenario).
Wacik said he believed that the arrival of foreign tourists in Indonesia would continue to increase by one million people annually up to 2001.
"Thus, we hope that at the end of 2008 about seven million foreign tourists are expected to arrive in Indonesia and about 10 million at the end of 2011," the minister added. (*)