The number of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia in the first quarter of 2021 reached 385.590 visits or decreased by 85.45 percent when compared to the same period in 2020 which amounted to 2.65 million visits - Photo by Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia in the first quarter (1Q) of 2021 reached 385.590 visits or decreased by 85.45 percent when compared to the same period in 2020 which amounted to 2.65 million visits. in March alone, the visitors fell sharply by 72.73 percent compared to the number of visits in March 2020.

Based on Statistic Indonesia data released on Monday (05/03), the number increased by 14.54 percent when compared to the previous month. While, the room occupancy rate for star-classified hotels reached 36.07 percent, up 3.83 points compared to the same month in 2020 which was recorded at 32.24 percent.

In the previous month, the occupancy rate increased by 3.67 points. Then, the average length of stay of foreign and Indonesian guests was recorded at 1.65 days in March dropped 0.18 points from March 2020. To support this year targets. Indonesian government will allocate budget stimulus up to Rp3.7 trillion (US$255.17 million) for tourism sectors in 2021.

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 said in on March 18, the government also considered to implementing travel bubble with some countries such as India, Singapore, and Middle East countries. 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.

In this year, he continued, 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.

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.

Now, 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. 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.

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