Wed, 13 Jan 2010
Tourism Minister Jero Wacik said Tuesday the foreign exchange reserves from the tourism industry would be raised from the 7 million tourist arrivals.

“We have set tourist arrivals at 7 million people, with each of them spending an average $1,000,” Jero said as quoted by Antara state news agency.

Jero said tourist arrivals reached 6.4 million in 2009, contributing $6.5 billion to the country’s foreign exchange reserves, up by 8 percent from the previous year.

He said the government would intensify promotions overseas to attract more foreign tourists to visit Indonesia. “There will be more promotional events, particularly in Europe. The market is growing as the countries are recovering from the crisis,” he added.

Resumption of Garuda Indonesia’s flights to Europe will help the government meet its tourist arrival target, Jero said.



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