Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The number of foreign tourists who arrived in Indonesia through 15 entry ports in the first quarter of 2007 was recorded at over 1 million or up by 14.21 percent from a corresponding period last year when the figure was 877,000, the country`s chief statistician said.
The number of foreign tourists visiting the country in March 2007 was recorded at 361.800, an increase by 15.34 percent from the corresponding month last year, Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) chairman Rusman Heriawan said here Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the number of foreign tourists who visited the popular resort island of Bali in March 2007 significantly increased by 40.44 percent compared to the corresponding month last year. It stood at 124.900 in February 2007 compared to 123.200 in February 2006.
The increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting Bali showed that the tourism sector in the resort island had returned to the level before the terror bombings in 2002.
"The number has continued to increase although February and March are not peak-season months. It is important for the economic sector, notably the tourism industry," Rusman said.
He also said the occupancy rate of star-rated hotels in 10 tourist destination areas in Indonesia in February 2007 was recorded at 46.08 percent, an increase by 1.74 percent compared to January 2007.
The occupancy rate of star-rated hotels in Bali also increased from 44.69 percent in January 2007 to 48.91 percent in February 2007. (*)