The number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia dropped 7.62 percent in January, 2020, compared to December 2019, the Statistic Indonesia reported on Monday (03/02) - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia dropped 7.62 percent in January, 2020, compared to December 2019, the Statistic Indonesia reported on Monday (03/02). When compared to the same month of last year, the numbers rose by 5.85 percent.

The occupancy rate also down 2.30 percent to 49.17 percent compared to January 2019, which was recorded at 51.47 percent. If compared to December 2019, the rate of star-rated hotels decreased by 10.22 points. The average length of stay during January 2020 was 1.88 days, a decrease of 0.17 points compared to January 2019.

Commenting on the poor data, President Joko Widodo ensured that the government to poured Rp298 billion (US$20.83 million) funds to attract foreign tourists come to the country. The government expect this incentive will bring 736,000 foreign tourists and generate foreign exchange revenues around Rp13 trillion.

“We are more or less targeting ASPA (average spending per arrival) above $1,700 per visit, so that it has a large economic impact for Indonesia,” said minister of tourism and creative economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio, recently.

According to him, Indonesia had the potential to lose $2.8 billion or Rp38.2 trillion due to the coronavirus outbreak. This is the aftermath of the closure of direct flights to and from China. So far, the virus has infected 89,070 people worldwide.

China is the center of spread with 80,026 patients. The death toll from the virus has reached 3,044 people. Hubei Province in China recorded 2,803 of them.

The government itself targeting Indonesia as a leading Asian and World tourism destination by 2045 with a total of 73.6 million foreign tourist visits, from the 18 million people set for 2019. In this year, the government will focus on developing leading destinations with a target of 21.6 million foreign tourists, in 2025 increasing competitiveness with a target of 31.8 million people, and in 2030 increasing diversity of tourism with a target of 42.8 million people.

Furthermore,

in 2035 increasing the integration of tourism with a target of 57.5 people, in 2040 the strengthening as Asia’s flagship destination with a target of 65.1 million people, and finally in 2045 the strengthening as the world’s flagship destination with a total of 73.6 million people visiting.

The tourism sector is one of the main foreign exchange-earners. In 2018, Indonesia’ foreign exchange income from the tourism sector reached $17 billion, rose $2 billion from $15 billion a year earlier. And in 2019, the government targets the tourism sector to contribute $20 billion in foreign exchange.

Now, the government continues to accelerate the development of four priority tourist destinations to reach the revenue target, namely Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Lombok-Mandalika area in West Nusa Tenggara, and Komodo Island – Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara.

The government plans to disburse funds up to Rp2.4 trillion in 2020 to build infrastructure in an effort to encourage the tourism industry in the Lake Toba National Tourism Strategic Area in North Sumatra to become an international-scale tourist destination. This year the government has budgeted Rp821.3 billion.

Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and Asia is one of the hottest destinations, the Asian Development Bank latest report showed. Since 2011, global international arrivals have been growing at an average annual rate of 4.8 percent, adding about 55 million new visitors each year, to reach 1.4 billion in 2018.

Furthermore, international tourism receipts expanded by 4.3 percent per year since 2011, adding an average of $54 billion annually, to reach $1.34 trillion in 2018. Domestic tourism to has made impressive strides, with global receipts hitting $4.1 trillion in 2018, far more than international tourism.

In Asia tourism is taking off too. Of the 1.4 billion visitors who traveled abroad in 2018, 343 million went to Asia. And, of the $1.34 trillion of international tourism receipts in 2018, $390 billion was spent in Asia, the report shows.

Asia thus accounts for 25 percent of international visitors and 29 percent of international tourist spending. International arrivals rose by 65 percent in Asia between 2010 and 2018, compared to 47 percent globally.

US$1: Rp14,300

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