Sat, 07 Aug 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government will increase its foreign tourist arrival target from 7 million this year to 7.6 in 2011, Marketing Secretary of the Tourism Directorate General Noviendi Makalam said.

"We have an optimistic scenario where we will raise our target for foreign tourist arrivals in 2011 to 7.6 million" he said here on Thursday.

Noviendi said that the government this year set a target of 7 million arrivals.

But the tourism directorate general is also setting a moderate target of 7.3 million and a pessimistic target of 6.8 million, he said.

The latest developments of the past 18 months have served as a basis for the government to raise its pessimistic target, Noviendi said.

He said that in the last 18 months, there had been an upward trend in the tourism growth, and in the first semester of 2010 it grew 14 percent.

Noviendi expressed his hope that the positive growth in the tourist arrivals would continue to go on until the year end so that the 7 percent target would be achieved.

Up to now the directorate general was still focusing on 10 main markets, among others Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

He said that his office had also begun to exploit secondary markets such as Germany and the Middle East and continue to look for new markets such as ex-Soviet Union`s countries and Latin America (Brazil).

"We will exploit a number of countries such the United States as our main market, including Taiwan," he said.