Foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia rose by 4.86 percent year-on-year to 1.35 million in October - Photo: Privacy.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Statistic Indonesia noted that the number of foreign tourists visiting to Indonesia reached 1.40 million visits in September 2019, down 10.10 percent from the previous month. But the number rose 2.15 percent from the same period in 2018 of 1.37 million visits.

Even though it has decreased monthly, cumulatively, from January to September, the number of foreign tourists reached 12.27 million visits, an increase of 2.63 percent compared to the same period in 2018, which amounted to 11.96 million visits. But the figure still far behind the government’s target to bring 20 million foreign tourists to the archipelago until the end of this year.

“The visit of foreign tourists in September fell because there was no holiday season. The decline occurred at all entrances, both air, land, and sea. So it is decreasing compared to the position in the previous month because August is peak season,” said the head of statistic’s agency Suhariyanto in a press conference today (11/01).

Suhariyanto explained, from a total of 1.40 million foreign tourists during September, who came through the air entrance as many as 902.19 thousand visits, 332.32 thousand sea visits, and 165.86 thousand land visits.

“The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia who came through the air entrances in September decreased by 1.00 percent compared to the same month the previous year,” he added.

The decline in foreign tourists visiting occurred at ten air entrances with the highest percentage decline recorded at Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport, Aceh which reached 22.45 percent, followed by Juanda Airport, East Java, down 16.57 percent and Adi Sucipto Airport, Yogyakarta down 15, 12 percent, while the lowest percentage reduction occurred at Husein Sastranegara Airport, West Java, at 3.08 percent.

While the increase in the number of foreign tourist visits occurred at least at five air entrances with the highest percentage increase occurring at Lombok International Airport, West Nusa Tenggara by 69.48 percent, and the lowest percentage increase occurred at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport, Riau by 4.83 percent.

Of the 1.40 million visits, foreign tourists who came from the Americas had the highest percentage increase compared to September 2018, which was 23.98 percent, while the percentage of the decrease only occurred for foreign tourists who came from the ASIA region other than ASEAN, which was 12.75 percent.

Meanwhile, according to nationality, the most came from Malaysia as many as 233.8 thousand visits (16.70 percent), China 173.1 thousand visits (12.36 percent), Singapore 159.5 thousand visits (11.39 percent), Australia 138.6 thousand visits (9.90 percent), and Timor Leste 100.3 thousand visits (7.16 percent).

Cumulatively (January-September), foreign tourists who came from the ASEAN region had the highest percentage increase, which was 17.54 percent compared to the same period the previous year, while the ASIA region other than ASEAN had the biggest percentage reduction, which was 9.86 percent.

According to nationality, foreign tourists visit the most coming to Indonesia during 2019 came from Malaysia as much as 2.34 million visits (19.07 percent), China 1.61 million visits (13.14 percent), Singapore 1.40 million visits (11.45 percent), Australia 1.02 million visits (8.28 percent), and East Timor 927.1 thousand visits (7.56 percent).

Furthermore, the occupancy rate of star classification hotel rooms in Indonesia in September reached an average of 53.52 percent, down 5.43 points compared to the same period last year of 58.95 percent. Likewise, if compared to August 2019, star classification hotels in September decreased by 0.62 points.

The average length of stay of foreign and Indonesian guests at star classification hotels during September was 1.84 days, a decrease of 0.13 points compared to the same period the previous year.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: