Despite a Strong First Semester for National Tourism Arrivals, Will Indonesia Achieve 6 Million Visitors in 2007?
(8/4/2007) The national Bureau of Statistics (BPS) reports that 2.14 million foreign visitors came to Indonesia in the first semester of 2007, an improvement of 12.22% over the same period in 2006 (1.91 million).
Will National Tourism Target be Achieved?
Half way through the current year, the results to date give rise to a number of questions regarding Indonesia's tourism targets for 2007.
• Based on total arrivals of 4.8 million in 2006, if Indonesia sustains the present 12.22% rate of growth for the remainder of 2007, the total arrivals will reach 5.39 million visitors for the year, This is a total still far less than the 6 million visitors targeted by Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism.
• Still to be seen is the effect on tourism arrivals of a recently announced "blacklisting" of Indonesian aviation by the EU and renewed negative travel warnings issued by Australia and other nations.
As reported on balidiscovery.com tourism arrivals to Bali set the pace nationally, totaling 745,949 – an improvement of +35% over the same period in 2006.