JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Minister of Tourism of Indonesia Arief Yahya estimated that State revenues from the tourism sector are estimated to reach US$17.6 billion, from initial targets $17 billion. In 2017, the realization of foreign exchange (forex) revenues from this sector worth of Rp16.8 billion.
Based on Statistic Indonesia data, the number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2018 reached 15.81 million people, up 12.58 percent compared to the same period of 2017 which amounted to 14.04 million people,
Malaysia is the most foreign tourists come to Indonesia with total visitors 2.50 million (15.83 percent of the total tourists), China 2.14 million tourists (13.52 percent), Singapore 1.77 million tourists (11.19 percent), Timor Leste 1.76 million tourists (11.15 percent), and Australia 1.30 million tourists (8.23 percent).
Based on market shares, visitors from Southeast Asia experienced the highest increase of 20.60 percent. It was recorded that 5.45 million visitors came to Indonesia during 2018 from last year’ 4.52 million tourists.
While, the Asian region (other than ASEAN) was 5.84 million, or grew 14.11 percent compared to the previous year 5.12 million tourists. Then, Middle East region dropped 6.13 percent from 284.4 thousand tourists in 2017 to 226.9 thousand in 2018.
For the American region there were 567.7 thousand or grew 5.71 percent from last year’ 537 thousand visitors. The European region was slightly grew 1.76 percent to 2,0 million compared to the previous year with 1.97 million visits.
Foreign tourist visited from the Oceania region also rose 4.43 percent to 1.57 million from a year ago 1.50 million. Australia made the largest contribution of 1.3 million tourists, or grew 3.52 percent compared to 2017 at 1.25 million visitors. The visitors from African region also lowered 1.82 percent from 91,200 visitor to 88,600 tourists.
The number of foreign tourists visiting consisted of tourists visiting the air entrance as many as 10.08 million visits, by sea as many as 3.22 million visits, and through the land entrance as many as 2.51 million visits.
However, the number of tourists visiting did not reach the set target of 17 million throughout 2018. A series of disasters that hit the country were the main factors that caused the target to be corrected. Mount Agung eruption, Lombok earthquake, Palu tsunami, until the Sunda Strait tsunami at the end of the year led to a decline in foreign tourists.
Yahya revealed, that efforts to achieved this year target at 20 million peoples, the ministry will implementing a super-extra-ordinary strategy as the ultimate strategy. The strategy included the tourism border, tourism hub, and low cost terminal.
“We must deal with border tourism because it is an effective way to bring in foreign tourists from neighboring countries,” said the minister.
He explained that this would be effective because foreign tourists from neighboring countries have a geographical proximity factor so that tourists are easier, faster and cheaper to reach destinations in Indonesia.
In addition, implementing a tourism hub program is a strategy like attracting foreign tourists who are already in regional hubs such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to be withdrawn to continue on vacation to Indonesia.
According to Yahya, it must be admitted that one of the complicated problems of Indonesian tourism is the lack of direct flight facilities from origination. He added, direct flights such as from Chinese origination reached 50 percent, meaning that the remaining 50 percent were still transiting from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong.
While neighboring countries such as Thailand or Malaysia direct flight have reached 80 percent. Otherwise, Yahya added, the Low Cost Carrier Terminal program is also expected to have a positive impact.
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