Indonesia Aims to Attract 7 Million Foreign Tourists in 2010

Indonesia aims to attract 7 million foreign tourists in 2010, Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said on Wednesday.

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The country has about 6.45 million foreign visitors this year and has surpassed its target of 6.4 million arrivals for despite the global economic and financial crisis, militant suicide attacks on two luxury hotels (JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton) in Jakarta in July and concerns over possible violence during parliamentary and presidential elections in 2009.

However, the amount spent by each foreign tourist fell to $995 this year from $1,178 in 2008. In 2010 foreign tourists are expected to spend around $1,000 each, meaning a $7 billion inflow into the economy.

The minister also added that that the lifting of the European Union ban on the nations’ flag carrier Garuda this year would also help boost tourism next year. “Because Garuda Indonesia is flying to and from Europe now, the numbers of tourists will go up,” he said.

The world’s largest archipelago has more than 17,500 islands, beaches, mountains and dive-spots among its diverse attractions. However, tourism infrastructure outside Bali is often poor and tourism campaigns have often been criticized as lackluster. Tourism sector accounts for about 3 percent of gross domestic product in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, but some areas, including the resort island of Bali, are heavily dependent on tourism for jobs and growth.

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