The number of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia in February experienced a sharp decline by 86.59 percent compared to the same month in 2020 - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Number of visitors to Indonesia experienced a sharp decline by 86.59 percent in February compared to the same month in 2020, statistic bureau reported on Thursday (04/01). When compared to the previous month, the number decreased quite significantly around 14.74 percent.

Cumulatively, the number of foreign tourist visits recorded 254.230 visits or decreased by 88.25 percent from a year ago totaled 2.16 million visits, said the agency. The room occupancy rate stayed at 32.40 percent or dropped by 16.82 points compared to the same month in 2020, which was recorded at 49.22 percent.

When compared to the previous month, the occupancy rate increased by 2.05 points. The average length of stay of foreign and Indonesian guests during last month at 1.66 days or fell by 0.08 points when compared to February 2020.

Indonesian government has announced to allocate budget stimulus up to Rp3.7 trillion (US$256.94 million) for tourism sectors in 2021, said the minister today. In 2020, the Southeast Asian largest economy has disbursed Rp2.2 trillion of stimulus for 6,700 hotels and 7,600 restaurants.

The government expect this incentive will bring 736,000 foreign tourists and generate foreign exchange revenues around Rp13 trillion. The minister, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, revealed the government was keen to open job opportunities to revive the economy and to boost the spirit of tourism players.

He also hinted that the government is planning to open its international borders for tourists in June if the numbers of COVID-19 cases are under control. Now, said Uno, his office and related parties are finalizing the travel bubble scheme before it is pitched to the President in a national meeting.

In this year, the government will focus to develop 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.

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.

The government continues to accelerate the development of four priority tourist destinations to reach the targets, 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.

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.

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