Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - Th number of foreign tourist arrivals in Jakarta went up 22.32 percent in May 2009 from the previous month.
In May 2009, some 124,928 foreign tourists visited Jakarta through the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Halim Perdanakusuma air force base airport, and Tanjung Priok seaport, Agus Suherman, head of the Jakarta Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said here on Saturday.
The foreign tourists included 24,940 Malaysians, 10,950 Singaporeans, 10,004 Chinese, 5,047 Americans, and 5,031 Japanese.
The tourist arrivals from the five countries accounted for about 44.80 percent of the total arrivals in May 2009, he said.
"It reflects that the five countries play important role in Jakarta`s tourism," he said.
The Jakarta tourism office has set a target of receiving 1.6 million foreign tourists and 16 million domestic tourists in 2009.
Up to May 2009, a total of 555,605 foreign tourists visited the capital city.
Jakarta has intensified tourism promotion especially to attract tourists from Asia and the Middle East, he said.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian government has projected state revenue from foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2009 at only seven percent, while last year the revenue reached 7.5 percent.
"This year the number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia increased but it dropped in terms of state revenue compared to last year`s 7.5 pct," Tourism Minister Jero Wacik said in Yogyakarta recently.
Indonesia`s tourism industry grew around 1.69 percent from January to May, 2009 with foreign tourist arrivals reaching 2.4 million, up 40,098 from the same period last year.
"The global economic crisis has not affected our tourism very much particularly tourist arrivals," the director general of marketing of the ministry of culture and tourism, Sapta Nirwandar said on Friday (July 3).
He said the first quarter growth fuels optimism that the target for the Visit Indonesia Year 2009 of 6.5 million foreign tourist arrivals will be achieved, up by 3 percent from the previous year.(*)