Indonesia raises tourism target

BALI, 4 January 2017: Indonesia sets an ambitious 15 million target for its 2017 tourist arrivals according to the latest release from Indonesia.travel, the official website of Indonesia’s tourism ministry.

Quoted by Bali Discovery, an online travel news service, Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, said the 15 million target represented a “25% increase over a still-to-be-confirmed 12 million visitors for all of 2016”.

National tourism arrivals up to the end of October reached 9.413 million representing a year-on-year growth of 9.54%.

inside no 6Bali Discovery claimed that its own calculation showed the country would close the year with 11.4 million tourists.

Minister Yahya insisted that when the formal count was  made, the country would reach a new record of 12 million.

The Ministry claims that the tourism sector contributed 11% of the Nation’s GDP in 2016, creating 11.8 million jobs.

“These significant achievements have strengthened Indonesia’s resolve to aim even higher by raising our goals and targets for 2017 to 15 million international arrivals – or a growth rate of 25% – and on to 20 million arrivals in 2019,” the minister concluded.

(Source: http://www.balidiscovery.com)