Indonesia shows increase in foreign tourist arrivals during Q1

Travel and Tour World | May 02, 2019

The number of foreign holiday makers visiting Indonesia in the first quarter ratcheted higher by 4.28 percent to 3.82 million people year-on-year.The national statistics bureau stated that the number of foreign holiday makers visiting Indonesia in the first quarter ratcheted higher by by 4.28 percent to 3.82 million people year-on-year.According to the head of the bureau Kecuk Suhariyanto in Bali resort island, the center of Indonesian tourism industry, the number of foreign visitors moved up 4.41 percent to 2.2 million people.He went on saying that they have a great potential to attract more foreign tourists to visit Indonesia in terms of the number and the length of journey as they have many beautiful tourist destinations.But in March the foreign tourist arrivals went down by 1.82 percent to 1.34 million people.

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eDreams ODIGEO | February 03, 2022

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