Number of arrivals dropped sharply by 86.90 percent to 163,650 peoples in May compared to 2019, said Statistic Indonesia on Wednesday (07/01) - Photo by President Office.

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Number of arrivals dropped sharply by 86.90 percent to 163,650 peoples in May compared to 2019, said Statistic Indonesia on Wednesday (07/01). But, when compared to April, the number increased by 3.10 percent.

Cumulatively, January – May 2020, the number of travelers visiting Indonesia reached 2.93 million visits, down 53.36 percent to the same period in 2019, which amounted to 6.28 million peoples. In the same month, room occupancy rate also down 29.08 point to an average of 14.45 percent from May 2019 which was at 43.53 percent.

In April 2020, the rate increased by 1.78 points. The average length of stay of foreign and Indonesian guests during last month was 1.86 days, a decrease of 0.07 points compared to May 2019.

Indonesia’ tourism sector has suffered losses of at least US$1.5 billion since January amid growing fears of the pandemic, said the association. Total estimated losses $1.1 billion occurred as a result of cancelations made by Chinese tourists and the remaining $400 million from other countries.

Minister of tourism and creative economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio revised down the foreign tourists arrival in Indonesia from 16 million to five million visitors amid the spread of COVID-19. His office also sliced this year’ foreign revenues targets more than half from last year realization of US$20 billion.

“Last year (foreign exchange revenues) $20 billion. This year maybe could be about half or more than half lost. We also estimated that the tourists number drops from 16 million tourists to around 5 million visitors,” he told reporters through a video conference today (04/16).

Last February, the statistic bureau reported, number of travelers in the country declined sharply due to the pandemic, down 30.42 percent to 885,100 visitors, said the chief Suhariyanto, on April 1. The annual visits also declined 28.85 percent.

The biggest decline was from China In February, dropped by 94.11 percent. Then, the second biggest decline is for Hong Kong arrivals, which fell 93.12 percent.However, there were slight increases in arrivals of tourists from Malaysia and Japan.

At the limited meeting held in April, President Joko Widodo believed that Indonesian tourism will rise again in 2021 with the calculation the epidemic stop at the end of the year. To that, he urged the officials prepares to get advantage from the rise of the tourism sector in 2021 after the pandemic.

“Next year there will be a boom in the field of tourism. Everyone wants to get out and everyone wants to enjoy the beauty of Indonesia,” he told the ministers.

He also asked his staff to prepare economic stimulus for businesses in the tourism sector and the creative economy. The President believes that this must be really done so that they can survive and not make layoffs (termination of employment) on a large scale.

We know the most severe impact is felt and first felt because COVID-19 is the world tourism, including hotels, restaurants, handicraft goods, and other businesses,” the head of state said at the meeting.

Last February, the government has rolled out a Rp10.3 trillion (US$664.51 million) stimulus package in an effort to cushion the blow of the virus outbreak on its economy. The stimulus is channeled to a number of economic sectors affected by the virus and ensures that people’ purchasing power is maintained. According to chairman of the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association, Hariyadi B. Sukamdani, the fiscal stimulus so far not give impact to these sector.

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